5 Steps to Good Flossing and Brushing
Good brushing and flossing habits can lead to a lifetime of beautiful smiles. Everybody knows that. But what most people don’t know is that good oral hygiene can also help to prevent a host of other health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, and more. Further, tooth loss can make it very difficult to eat healthy, which can also lead to health problems. For both a healthy smile and body, follow these five easy but effective steps towards good oral hygiene.
Brush your teeth twice a day, after breakfast and before bed. Using a soft bristled toothbrush, brush your teeth twice a day. Use a toothpaste that contains flouride. Wait to brush your teeth until about 30-45 minutes after you eat to give the acids in your mouth a chance to drop to normal levels. Once a day, floss your teeth to get in between your teeth and in tight spaces. Take your time when doing this since you want to do a good job.
Once a day, floss your teeth to get in between your teeth and in tight spaces. Take your time when doing this since you want to do a good job. Use the kind of floss that you stretch between your fingers, not the kind that are on the picks. The kind you cut from the roll and stretch between your fingers is more effective at removing plaque from around your teeth, not just immediately between them. You should also try to use the woven type of floss since it works better at removing plaque than the waxed variety.
Get advice from your experienced Vancouver dentist about a brand of mouthwash that is good for you, and ask how often you should use it. Some mouthwashes are designed to kill bacteria, others are not. Some contain fluoride, others do not. Some have both. After you use your mouthwash, wait for 30 minutes to allow it to work before you eat, drink, or rinse your mouth.
4. Chew gum
After you eat, chew a piece of sugar-free gum, particularly one that contains xylitol. Xylitol is an enzyme that helps kill bacteria that causes cavities. Even gum in general helps by making more saliva in your mouth, which helps to lower and stabilize acid levels. Chew gum for about 20 minutes after you eat.
5. Rinse again
Rinse your mouth out with a small cup of water. Even if you don’t have a piece of gum or a toothbrush, rinse your mouth out to loosen food particles from in between your teeth. This also acts to reduce the acids that remain in your mouth.
By following the steps above, you are helping to ensure that you will have a healthy mouth throughout your life. By following these steps, you will not only have a healthy smile, but a healthier body for a lifetime. Lastly, visit your dentist twice a year to have your teeth professionally cleaned and given an exam. The teeth you save will be your own.