The technique you use for brushing and flossing is just as important as the effectiveness of the products you choose. You want to look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance on any oral hygiene product you choose. This seal means that the product has been researched and tested by the ADA for safety and effectiveness.
The ADA recommends that you brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled brush. Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gum line, while you brush each individual tooth. Make sure that you brush the inner and outer surfaces of each tooth as well as the biting surface.
Flossing is helps remove food particles from between teeth as well as the gum line. It’s important that you don’t force the floss between your teeth as this can potentially harm the gums. You might prefer to use waxed floss if the spaces between your teeth are tight.
Work the floss around your teeth in a U shape and gently work it into the space between your gum line and the tooth. Carefully use the floss to remove any food particles or unseen plaque from the gums. On larger teeth like molars this might require three motions to focus on the rear and front of the gum line.
Be sure to also floss behind the all of your back teeth.
Many people like to use an antiseptic mouthwash to freshen their breath while also killing bacteria and helping to wash away food particles loosened by flossing. It’s important to note that while some mouthwash brands can help kill bacteria in the mouth, they cannot replace the ability of floss to remove food particles from between teeth and around the gum line.
If you have questions about your oral hygiene regimen, please call our office at 801.756.5136 or schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you!