The Right Way To Brush And Floss

brushing and flossing

Daily care is vital for your oral health, as this helps control plaque buildup and other factors that could otherwise weaken and harm your teeth and gums. However, your Vista, CA, dentist sometimes finds that people who do brush and floss, often do so poorly or too infrequently. In today’s blog, we’re going to explain how to best care for your smile from home!

Why We Need Daily Care

Over time, the foods and drinks we consume often leave behind particles of sugar and starch on and between our teeth. Unless removed, these particles become food for harmful bacteria. As bacteria break down these bits of food, they increase oral acidity and then coat the teeth in a layer of plaque buildup. The buildup grows more severe with time and even hardens into tartar. This buildup is linked to higher risks of bad breath, teeth stains, tooth decay, and even issues like gingivitis and gum disease! However, routine care at home reduces the severity of buildup, and a regular cleaning every six months removes the buildup completely!

Brushing Your Teeth

First, make sure you’re using a toothbrush with soft bristles, as you don’t want to inadvertently damage enamel if you brush too rough. Use only a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste, and then brush for two minutes when you wake up and once more before bed. Each time, approach your teeth with the brush a 45-degree angle to reach the front and top of the teeth. Start with the back and work your way to the front, cleaning your front-facing teeth in a crucial motion.

Flossing Correctly

You also need to floss, as this reaches the particles trapped between your teeth and out of reach for a toothbrush. We suggest doing this every night before bed. Take a piece of floss tape about 18 inches long and wrap each end around your middle fingers, holding it taut with your index fingers and thumbs. Then gently move the tape up and down each side of every tooth, moving up and down in a “c” motion and dipping below the gum line when you do. If you have any questions about identifying and treating common oral health issues, or about the proper way to keep your smile clean and healthy from home, then contact our team today. We want to help you and your family enjoy your best possible smiles!

Our Vista, CA Dentist’s Office Wants To Help Educate Our Patients

Our Vista, CA dentist’s office uses dental education to ensure our patients and their families know how to keep smiles healthy and bright from home. For more information on preventive and general dental care, then please contact Melrose Dental Arts at 760-724-9117.