Almost everybody will experience some kind of oral problem during their lifetime. However, it is not difficult to avoid more serious teeth and gum diseases. If you successfully maintain a healthy dental routine, you can prevent issues like periodontal disease, tooth loss, plaque on teeth, and more.
The most basic dental routine you can maintain is brushing, flossing, and regularly attending your dental check-ups and cleanings. Furthermore, it is important that know how to brush and floss properly to benefit from these actions.
Proper Brushing & Flossing to Prevent Teeth and Gum Diseases
Here is how you should brush:
- You should brush in the morning and before going to sleep
- It is recommended to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste containing fluoride. If possible, use an electric toothbrush
- When brushing, hold the toothbrush at an angle of 45 degrees against the gums and use gentle back and forth motions
- Ensure that your strokes are gentle and short. Do not scrub
- For brushing the inner surface of the upper front teeth, hold the brush vertically and apply short downward strokes. For the inner side of the lower teeth, use upward strokes in the same manner
- Do not forget to brush the chewing surfaces of the teeth using short back and forth strokes
- Change your toothbrush around every 3 to 4 months when it becomes worn. If you have recovered from an illness such as a cold or strep throat, it is recommended to change your brush after
Flossing at least once a day should be part of your oral routine. It can get rid of debris stuck in the tight corners of your mouth, which a brush might miss. It can reach between your teeth and under your gums. This can prevent excessive build-up of plaque on teeth; therefore, reducing the risk of periodontal disease and other dental health problems. Here is how to floss:
- Take around 18 inches of floss
- Hold the thread tight between your thumbs and forefingers. Place the floss between your teeth and gently slide it up and down
- When the thread is against your gum line, curve it around one tooth. Moving it up down, gently rub the side of the tooth — ensuring that the floss reaches below the gum line. Repeat this for each tooth and do not miss the backside of the back teeth
- You can make flossing more convenient by using modern flossing tools instead of a thread floss
In addition to regular brushing and flossing, visit your dentist for all scheduled check-ups and dental cleanings. This way it becomes easier to detect oral health issues timely and receive less costly and complicated treatments. You should also keep track of what you eat to avoid serious teeth and gum diseases, for example, avoiding sugary foods and beverages. Quitting lifestyle habits such as smoking is also critical to oral and overall health.
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