Improve Your Brushing and Flossing with These Tips

Improve Your Brushing and Flossing with These Tips

Apr 11, 2019

Like most people, you were taught how to brush and floss at a very young age. As time went on, it just became a habit. Chances are you never think much about it. But no matter how long you have been caring for your teeth, it doesn’t hurt to review the correct techniques. Proper oral hygiene practices are highly effective at controlling bacteria, plaque, and tartar buildup. So diligent home care can help you avoid cavities, staining, bad breath, and gum disease. Feel free to call Lux Dental Studio to talk about your current dental habits.

Daily Brushing and Flossing at Home

Everyone, of any age, should brush at least two times per day for two minutes. The ideal times to care for your smile are the first thing in the morning and before you retire at night. Many dental patients fail to floss as often as they should. Many people forget or never develop the habit. Add this vital step to your daily routine by leaving the package in a visible location. By the sink near your toothbrush usually works. You need to remember this step because it allows you to remove leftover food debris between your teeth and below the gum line. Dr. Newlin is always happy to provide oral hygiene instructions at your routine appointments.

How Often Should I Change My Toothbrush?

Since toothbrush bristles wear out more and more after each usage, be sure to get a new one about every 3–4 months or after being sick.

What Type of Toothbrush is Best?

Choose a soft-bristled brush that is easy to handle. An electric toothbrush is always a good option. Many people brush too hard or use a rough, sawing motion. The proper technique is to use circular, gentle strokes. An electric toothbrush will monitor any harsh movement for optimal results.

How Should I Brush with Tooth Sensitivity?

There are many reasons why gums recede. Worn out dental restorations, chipped or broken teeth, cavities/decay, or gum disease can all lead to tooth sensitivity. It is essential to use a light touch when brushing sensitive teeth. Also, select an ADA-approved toothpaste formulated to treat sensitivity.