5 Tips for Better Brushing and Flossing

Almost from the time you could stand, you’ve been told about the importance of brushing and flossing. At this point, keeping up with daily brushing and flossing is probably a habit you don’t even think about. But have you ever wondered if you are doing the best job you can? Since it plays such an important role in keeping up your oral health, Dazzle Dental Care wants to offer you a few tips to make brushing and flossing even more effective.

Choose the right brush:

Not all brushes are created equal. Make sure that your brush fits both your hand and your mouth comfortably. The bristles should be soft, as stiff bristles can hurt your gums.

Don’t brush too hard:

While it is important to remove as much plaque as possible from your teeth to avoid tartar buildup and tooth decay, be careful that you don’t do damage to yourself in the process. Too much pressure while brushing can wear down tooth enamel, and can hurt your gums. The same problem can occur if you brush your teeth too often. Twice a day is good, and three times a day is great, but more than that is too much.

Choose the right toothpaste:

Different products are ideal for addressing different dental health concerns. Make sure your toothpaste contains fluoride, and check for the ADA seal on the packaging. Your dentist can recommend a toothpaste that will suit your needs. Whitening toothpaste can be harsh on your teeth and wear away at enamel.

Find the best way to floss:

Some people find it difficult to floss with the traditional nylon floss. There are many tools available that can help you floss properly, including y-shaped disposable flossers, water picks, and threaders that can help you reach. There are many types of flavored floss available, to make the process more enjoyable.

Be thorough:

Make sure you are reaching every surface of your teeth when you brush, including the top, front, and back surfaces. Pay attention to your molars, and don’t skimp on the hard to reach places. Any area that is not brushed allows bacteria to multiply and cause decay. Be sure to floss between every tooth. You can even brush your tongue to kill germs and help keep your breath fresh and your mouth happy.

Using these tips, you’re sure to be doing the best possible job brushing your teeth and keeping your smile dazzling.