How often should I brush and floss my teeth?
Regular brushing is absolutely vital for removing the sticky layer of plaque that accumulates on your teeth throughout the day. By keeping plaque at bay, you can prevent the build-up of calculus (tartar). This, in turn, will considerably lower your risk of developing decay and gum disease.
But how often do you really need to brush? Ideally, we'd like to see you brushing after every meal or snack; however, we know that this is not necessarily realistic or practical.
- Brushing in the morning after breakfast.
- Brushing before you go to bed, after dinner and dessert.
- Flossing before you brush your teeth at bedtime.
Of course, how you brush and floss is just as important as how often. Many people do a great job sticking to their routine but aren't using great technique, which means that they aren't getting the results they could be from this important daily task. Another common problem is using the wrong type of toothbrush or dental floss. For most people, a soft-bristled brush is best. Medium or firm bristles can actually injure your gum tissue and scratch your dental enamel or the finish on your restorations.
At your next cleaning, we will be happy to review your technique and discuss the best products for you to use.
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