Let's talk about brushing and flossing.
Brushing and flossing are essential daily habits to maintain good oral and general health. By regularly brushing and flossing your teeth you remove plaque and bacteria that cause gum disease and decay. Excess bacteria in the mouth have been linked to several systemic diseases including heart and kidney disease, and could also be linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
To keep your mouth as clean as possible, brush twice a day, and floss every night. This simple routine will help promote healthy teeth and gums and ensure a beautiful smile for years to come.
We recommend that you use an electric toothbrush, as it removes more plaque than a manual toothbrush when using the proper technique. There are many different brands on the market; some use ultrasonic vibrations while others use an oscillating motion to remove plaque. Ask us about our recommendations for electric toothbrushes!
Whether you are using a manual or electric toothbrush, hold it at the gum line with a gentle pressure and take your time, allowing the toothbrush to do the work for you. Brush for three minutes to make sure all tooth surfaces are brushed. When flossing, gently place the floss in between the teeth and scrub the surface of the tooth with the floss. This will allow you to remove plaque from between the teeth to prevent gingival inflammation and decay.
Do you have other questions about maintaining a healthy smile? Ask Dr. Allen the next time you visit us!