Brushing and flossing every day are not just good for your teeth and gums. They seem to help the rest of your body also. What? For example, it shows that good dental hygiene is connected with a lower risk for heart disease. There is no clear cut answer why, but the key may be the sticky film of bacteria called plaque that builds up on a person’s teeth. Brushing and flossing daily will reduce this. Simply running a toothbrush over your teeth is not enough. To battle plaque you must be thorough. This article will give you some tips for every time you brush and floss.
How to hold your brush
- Grasp your brush at a 45 degree angle to your teeth, touching your gums.
- Gently move the brush back and forth in slow strokes about the width of one tooth.
- Brush outer, inner and chewing surfaces of all teeth.
- Clean the inner part of the front teeth with soft up and down strokes.
- Brush your tongue to eliminate bacteria and improve your breath.
How to floss your teeth
- Using an 18 inch piece of floss, wrap it around your middle finger and do the same on the opposite hand. This will take the floss as it gets dirty.
- Grab the floss between your index fingers and thumbs.
- Gently slide the floss between your teeth.
- Once the floss touches the gums, make a C shape against the tooth and slide the floss between the gum and tooth.
- Hold the floss firmly against the tooth, rubbing it up and down softly away from the gum.
- Repeat this on all teeth.
Signs of problems
Gums can get irritated by bacteria and become red, sore and swollen. You may bleed a bit when you brush your teeth. Keep an eye out for these signs as a part of your daily dental hygiene routine. Some other signs of problems can be bad breath, bad taste in your mouth or a change in your bite. If you notice any problems, call your dentist.
See your dentist
Schedule a visit to your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and checkup. If you are unsure of how to brush or floss effectively, ask your dental hygienist. They will know the proper procedures for you to achieve healthy and clean teeth and gums. They can show you how to properly clean your teeth and gums.
In conclusion, by flossing every day you will kill the bacteria that leads to gum disease. Once you floss and the air contacts the bacteria, it will die. This bacteria can not live with air.