The Importance of Brushing and Flossing
It is important to brush your teeth and
Dental floss is
It only takes a few minutes to floss your teeth each day, but those few minutes can contribute to a lifetime of optimal oral health. Floss is among the most effective tools at your disposal to keep your gums clean and healthy. Get into the habit of flossing your teeth regularly – your gums will thank you.
Brushing Your Teeth
Brushing one’s teeth can help prevent tooth decay that can lead to dental cavities, which is the formation of holes on the teeth, a condition that can result in a tooth loss. Brushing also helps prevent bad breath, which may potentially discourage friends, colleagues, and family members from developing deeper interpersonal relationships with you.
It is important to brush your teeth to prevent gum disease. Refusal to brush one’s teeth for several days can lead to the onset of gum disease. Brushing ensures the removal of plaque, which is the primary cause for tooth decay and gum disease; it also arrests the build-up of any plaque formation.
- Toothbrushes come in different sizes and shapes, and start off with very small ones for toddlers, all the way up to large adult size heads. Make sure you look for a soft bristle
tooth brushand that the shape and size of your toothbrush easily fitsinto your mouth. It should provide you with enough room to easily reach all the different areas.
- It is important to brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time.
- If you have a new toothbrush and the bristles are quick to fray, then there is a chance you could be brushing too hard.
- It is a good practice to change out your
tooth brushevery 3-4 months. Just like trying to brush your hair with a hairbrush that doesn’t have proper bristles, a worn out tooth brushis equally as inefficient.
- The toothpaste you use should be an ADA-accepted toothpaste. This is important to ensure the right amount of fluoride is in your toothpaste.