Brushing and Flossing 101

Most people probably see this post and think, “seriously? I’ve been brushing for years, I know how to do it just fine!” The problem is – you don’t. Properly brushing the teeth requires at least two minutes of brush on teeth contact – something that most adults don’t even come close to. Another thing many don’t do is change their toothbrush every 3 months or so, something you definitely want to focus on doing.

The American Dental Association recommends brushing at least twice every day, for a full two minutes. You should be using a toothbrush that fits your mouth correctly and can easily reach each spot. In addition, visit this page to ensure you’re using a toothpaste that’s been approved by the ADA.

Proper technique is as follows:

– Place head of brush at 45-degree angle relative to the gums.
– Use short, back and forth strokes moving slowly along the teeth.
– Brush both outer and inner surfaces of the teeth.
– Brush tongue as well in order to remove bacteria and improve breath.
– Rinse and repeat.

Brushing is important, but it’s not the only key to your oral hygiene. Flossing each day is essential as well. Many people have difficulty flossing so they avoid it all together, but this can lead to serious oral issues down the road. Let’s take a look at the procedure for flossing, it’s not as hard as it looks:

First pull about 18 inches of floss from your container or roll, and then twist one end around your middle finger. Wrap the other end around the same finger on the other hand. Next, you’ll use your thumb and index finger to hold floss in place. After that, you simple guide the string of floss between teeth. Rub the floss back and forth on the tooth, this frees up debris and helps clean. Once you’re near the gum it’s on to the next tooth. Naturally dispose of the floss when finished.

Brushing and flossing should be part of your daily routine. Brush in the morning and at night, and floss once in the evening. Limiting sugaring and sticky snacks also helps with oral hygiene.

And of course a visit to your general dentist every six month to check up and make sure you don’t have any cavities are other concerns is essential. If it’s been a while for you, schedule an appointment with Cairn today!