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Brush up on the basics to make sure that you are giving your smile the best care possible.
How often do you really think about how you brush your teeth? Probably not at all, right? That’s because you’ve been brushing and flossing your teeth for years. It seems like common sense and a natural habit, but it’s important to sometimes take a look at your oral routine to make sure that you are doing everything you can for your smile. Our Springville, UT family dentists, Dr. Stephen Pratt and Dr. Stephanie Winterton, want to make sure you are doing your part to keep your smile healthy.
How to Brush Your Teeth
It might seem like a silly statement since you’ve been brushing your own teeth for so long already but it’s amazing how we fall into bad habits or don’t even realize that we are missing a crucial component to our oral regimen until we do some research. You should spend at least 2 minutes brushing at least twice a day.
While you may already know this, you would be surprised how many people don’t even spend that much time brushing. If you aren’t sure, time yourself to make sure you are doing a thorough job.
The Toothbrush You Use
While we hear a lot of patients asking whether a manual or a powered toothbrush is better, we are here to tell you that whatever gets you brushing and whatever feels best for you will be the best option. No studies have found that either is more effective for cleaning, it’s how you clean that’s important. However, there are still some things to think about:
- If you have arthritis or other dexterity issues a powered toothbrush might be easier.
- You should never push too hard on your teeth while brushing. An electric toothbrush will provide the exact amount of pressure you need.
- A toothbrush doesn’t last forever. Replace a toothbrush head every 3-4 months or whenever the bristles start to splay out. Also, replace your toothbrush immediately after an illness to prevent putting that bacteria right back in your mouth.
Don’t Forget to Floss
As your Springville dentists will tell you, flossing is key to maintaining good oral hygiene. After all, a toothbrush won’t be able to get into all those tiny nooks and crannies between teeth like floss can. You should be flossing once a day, preferably at bedtime before you brush your teeth. Make sure you target every tooth and follow the curve of the tooth as you floss. Do not snap floss out of the tight spaces, as it can damage both gums and teeth.
Have questions about how to care for your smile from the comfort of your own home? Need to schedule your six-month cleaning? Then it’s high time you called Hobble Creek Dental Care in Springville, UT.
Great oral hygiene is built on two principal tasks — daily brushing and flossing. Brushing removes plaque — a thin film of bacteria and food particles — from broad tooth surfaces. Flossing removes plaque between your teeth you can’t reach effectively with brushing. It takes both tasks to get the most disease prevention benefit from your daily cleaning.
Many people, though, have a hard time incorporating the latter of the two into their daily routine. This may be because manual flossing with string seems to require a bit more manual dexterity, although it can be mastered with proper training and practice. Some, though, may not possess the physical ability to adequately floss. It’s also difficult for individuals wearing orthodontic braces or other appliances that cover teeth.
Fortunately, there’s an alternative to string floss: oral irrigation. This method removes plaque from between teeth with pulsating water pressurized by either a handheld or countertop device known as an oral irrigator or water flosser, and emitted through a special nozzle directed at the teeth. Studies have shown it to be an effective means for controlling plaque.
As to you switching to a home water flosser, we’ll be happy to discuss if it’s a good option for you. We can also train you on effective techniques for string flossing if you don’t feel you’re doing it properly.
Whichever method you use, it’s important for you to floss daily to keep plaque under control between your teeth. Along with brushing and regular dental visits, it’s one of the best things you can do to ensure your teeth stay healthy and free of tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease.
If you would like more information on flossing, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cleaning Between Your Teeth.”