The Importance of Brushing and Flossing
Properly brushing teeth is an essential part of keeping your mouth and gums healthy. Failure to do so can lead to various dental health issues, not the least of which is bad breath. Other important benefits of regular brushing include the prevention of tooth decay, early tooth loss, cavities, and gum disease.
One benefit of properly brushing your teeth on a daily schedule is that it helps protect your teeth from damage caused by food particles. This is why there is such a belief among many that brushing and flossing the day after every meal is the best way to prevent tooth decay. This is in spite of the fact that this belief is not backed up by the scientific research available.
The belief that drinking water with fluoride can provide the same benefit is not supported by the science, either. Flossing is also unlikely to make any difference in the rate of tooth decay, in spite of the fact that many people think it will.
So what exactly can be done to ensure that you maintain a healthy mouth?
By following the directions outlined below, you can improve the health of your teeth and gums while brushing your teeth, for the long term.
It is very important to start your brushing session on a good note. Start by brushing your teeth just before you go to bed at night. Using a soft bristled toothbrush, give your teeth and gums a little time to relax. Then, for the next few nights, continue to follow the same routine as described above.
Of course, if you have trouble falling asleep, then it is not advisable to start your brushing session with a toothbrush. You should instead use your finger to gently brush your teeth. After a short while, your teeth and gums will get used to this, and you will be able to continue brushing them easily.
Your success as a brush-and-flosser depends a great deal on how well you can remove tartar from between your teeth. If you brush your teeth too often, or at an inconsistent rate, plaque builds up. Tartar is very difficult to remove, because of its acidity, but it is very hard to see.
Plaque is a yellow or white substance that collects on your teeth, which you cannot see or feel. It is not important to remove plaque; the point is to get rid of it, without damaging your teeth. To accomplish this, brush your teeth and use a toothbrush for two minutes, and then rinse with water.
After flossing and brushing, you should rinse your mouth thoroughly, to make sure that all the bacteria has been removed. A toothbrush may seem like a simple thing, but it has one huge purpose: to get your mouth clean. It is important to use the best toothbrush you can afford, in order to get the maximum benefit from a toothbrush.
You should brush and floss at least three times a day, even more if you can afford it. If you need to brush more than three times a day, that is fine; just remember to allow your mouth to dry for several minutes between each brushing. It is also important to allow your mouth to air dry between sessions of flossing, as well.
Do not over-brush, but try to brush the proper amount of time. Each toothbrush is slightly different, so try to measure your toothbrush’s bristles. The best way to do this is to fill a pencil and paper cup halfway with water, and then place the pencil within the handle of the toothbrush.
When it comes to flossing, the recommended number of uses depends on the type of flossing device you are using. Because the flossis meant to fit the outside of the teeth, the recommended number of flosses is only three. However, some people floss for longer periods of time than three times per day, sometimes even eight times per day.
Regular brushing and flossing are an easy thing to do, but is not something that you have to do every day. If you want to brush and floss more than once per day, or every other day, that is up to you.