13 May

Expert Advice on Brushing and Flossing

Having a healthy mouth makes a number of activities, which you might take for granted, so much easier.  Your mouth is designed in a specific way so that all the parts work together.  If your teeth or gums develop a condition, it could make it more difficult to eat and drink.  The first and easiest step that you can take to be sure of good oral hygiene is to brush and floss in the correct fashion.
You ought to be brushing at least twice a day for around three minutes each time.  Sometimes you might also want brush after a meal, especially if it was sugary or starchy.  This is so that plaque is unable to build up on the teeth.  Plaque compromises the enamel, which is the hard substance that protects your teeth.  It doesn’t take long for plaque to form after a meal, so it is important that it is not left to develop.
Be sure not to brush too vigorously, as this can damage the gums themselves. Use a fluoride toothpaste because the fluoride actually helps to strengthen enamel and seek to brush all the parts of your mouth that you can.
Brushing should always be done in combination with flossing.  Your toothbrush will be unable to reach every single part of your mouth and plaque is able to build up between the teeth unless it is removed by dental floss or tape.  If you have not flossed before then you might experience a little bleeding as the floss creates small lacerations in the gum.  This is nothing to worry about unless it persists and you should continue to floss.