Brushing and flossing are crucial to proper oral hygiene. Dr. Musselman recommends professional dental cleanings at least twice a year in his Phoenix, AZ office. While these cleanings will remove plaque, tartar and debris from your teeth, excellent home dental care is even more valuable, because it happens every day.
But while you may already know that brushing and flossing your teeth every day is important, do you know the proper way to do it? Proper technique can make the difference when it comes to enhancing the health of your mouth, making your smile sparkle and preventing serious diseases. Dr. Musselman and your dental hygienist will make suggestions for home care improvements, including electric toothbrushes, rinses, cleaning aids and more.
As you’ve probably heard throughout your life, you should be brushing your teeth twice a day, preferably in the morning and at bedtime. Choose a toothbrush with a small head and soft, rounded-end bristles. The head of the toothbrush should be small enough to access your entire mouth, and the bristles should be soft enough not to damage the gums. Don’t use a toothbrush for more than three months.
The American Dental Association has endorsed electric toothbrushes, saying that rotating or oscillating heads can be more effective at cleaning teeth than other varieties.
Proper brushing involves a specific technique:
The surfaces between your teeth, known as the interdental regions, can be hard to reach with a toothbrush. Flossing solves that problem by removing the plaque that can build up in that region. Flossing is especially vital to preventing periodontal disease and maintaining healthy gum pockets. Flavor and type are a matter of personal preference. Choose floss that you find easy and pleasant to use.
Proper flossing technique is as follows: