We have been taught the “what” but not the “how.” We all know that good, consistent oral hygiene is the daily brushing and flossing of teeth. But the skills of proper brushing and flossing must be learned, practiced and then learned again.
The doctors and the oral healthcare professionals at Burch Dental, located near you in Loves Park and Rockford, want to educate their patients, current and new, on helpful tips to improve their brushing and flossing techniques.
Below are the answers to the typical questions asked of Burch Dental about the proper ways to brush and floss.
When there are no dental issues present, then everyone should brush and floss at least once every day. This frequency will be increased when some form of condition or disease is present, like decay, plaque build-up, or the onset of gum disease.
Be sure to use the gentle method when brushing. It does not take a lot of pressure to remove plaque. Brushing too hard over too long of a time will harm the gums and erode the enamel.
With less aggressive brushing, a toothbrush should last for several months. When the soft bristles begin to bend and fray, then this is the time to replace your toothbrush.
Given the wide variety of toothpaste on the market, everyone has a preference. But, from an oral health standpoint, the best toothpaste is one containing fluoride and anti-tartar agents.
Fluoride strengthens the enamel and the anti-tartar agents reduce the build-up of plaque.
A helpful hint: Do not rinse out the toothpaste immediately after brushing. Fluoride takes time to work effectively on the enamel. Simply spit out the toothpaste without rinsing.
First, begin brushing gently, more so than usual, with a soft-bristled brush and use a toothpaste made for reducing sensitivity.
If the sensitivity persists, then schedule an appointment with your dentist regardless of the time between your next appointment. A common cause of tooth sensitivity is receding gums, meaning the root may be exposed. The first symptoms of receding gums are the feeling of discomfort during brushing and when encountering hot and cold foods and drinks.
If you would like a consultation regarding other helpful hints to improve your brushing and flossing techniques, then please contact the oral healthcare professionals at Burch Dental, located in Loves Park and Rockford, where new patients are always welcome.
Burch Dental is trusted and highly recommended for treatments and procedures in general and restorative dentistry.