Improve Your Brushing and Flossing Habit with These Tips

Jan 16, 2019

You learned how to brush and floss and probably haven’t had a “brush up” on proper technique since then! By maintaining excellent brushing and flossing habits, you can prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar. Proper oral hygiene habits at home can help to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and they also help your teeth sparkle and keep your breath smelling fresh. Here are some ways to brush up your oral hygiene skills:

How often should I brush and floss?

People of all ages should brush their teeth for two minutes at least twice a day. You should brush your teeth in the morning when you wake up and before you go to bed at night.

Many people have difficulty remembering to floss, so the first step in your flossing routine may be to simply develop the habit. To do so, leave the box of floss somewhere you are sure to see it at night, like right beside the faucet or your toothbrush. Remind yourself that flossing is crucial because it helps to remove food particles between the teeth which are not removed by a brush.

When should I change my toothbrush?

The bristles of tooth brushes worn out as per your usage so, make sure you replace your toothbrush every three to four months or after you have been sick.

What kind of toothpaste should I use?

Use an easy-to-wield toothbrush with soft, rounded bristles. You can also consider an electric toothbrush. Some people tend to brush too hard or in a harsh sawing motion as opposed to a gentle circular motion, but an electric toothbrush can help prevent harsh ‘scrubbing’ to give better results.

What if my teeth are sensitive when I brush?

Gum recession, tooth decay, broken teeth, chipped teeth, and worn-down fillings or crowns can leave the dentin of the tooth exposed, causing sensitivity. If you have sensitivity, then don’t brush too hard and use toothpaste specially used for sensitive teeth. Use a soft-bristled brush and work at a 45-degree angle to your gum to keep enamel clean and strong.