Committing to a consistent brushing and flossing routine is one of the best ways to protect your smile and dental health. But do you know the proper techniques for making the most of your home care routine? Your Topeka dentist is here to help with that!
Brush Your Teeth Twice Daily
Brushing your teeth at least twice daily helps remove the plaque and bacteria that cause problems like tooth decay and gum disease. Move your toothbrush in circular motions across your teeth's front and back surfaces, being gentle around your gumline. Brushing too vigorously around your gum tissues can cause them to recede; unfortunately, they don't regrow. It's recommended that you spend 30 seconds brushing each quadrant of your mouth, so you brush for a full two minutes.
An electric toothbrush can be a helpful tool for daily brushing. It takes the guesswork out of brushing by timing your session for two minutes and alerting you if you're pressing too hard to protect your gums. Our hygienists find less plaque buildup in patients who use an electric toothbrush than those who do not.
Floss Your Teeth Once Per Day
Flossing is also an integral part of your homecare routine. This is because your toothbrush can't reach between your teeth, where plaque and bacteria also build up. As a result, tooth decay and cavities can occur between your teeth, so it's essential to floss once each day.
You can use flossers, making it easy to work your way between each tooth gently. Or, if you're using a roll of floss, start with about 18 inches wrapped gently around a finger from each hand. Then, carefully work the floss in between each tooth in a c-shaped motion around the tooth. Use a clean piece of floss in between each tooth to avoid spreading plaque around your mouth.
Contact Your Dentist in Topeka, KS
If you have questions about proper brushing and flossing techniques, or if it's time to schedule your next dental appointment, contact your team at Topeka Dentistry at (785) 266-9100.