15 Aug Are You Brushing & Flossing the Wrong Way?
Brushing and flossing your teeth is vital in keeping your gums and teeth healthy. But what if you’re doing it wrong?
There are techniques for brushing and flossing to prevent problems like gum disease, cavities and decay. Keep reading to find out if you are brushing and flossing incorrectly.
You’re Brushing and Flossing in the Wrong Order
Many of us go straight to brushing our teeth first, but research suggests that flossing your teeth first is a better way to remove plaque. The fluoride from the toothpaste is then applied to the area and cleaned by brushing, which means it can better coat the tooth and protect it.
You’re Using The Wrong Type of Toothbrush
You may simply be using the wrong type of toothbrush when it comes to your oral hygiene. If you’re using a hard bristled brush, then swap to a soft one. Soft bristle toothbrushes are comfortable for your mouth while still removing plaque without damaging your teeth. It’s also essential to replace your toothbrush every three months.
You’re Brushing Too Much or Too Little
Regular brushing should be done at least twice daily, lasting for two to three minutes. If you only brush for 30 seconds, you’re not removing enough plaque. Alternatively, if you brush longer than 3 minutes, the enamel on your teeth can erode, causing sensitive teeth.
You’re Rinsing Just After Brushing
You’re doing it wrong if you use mouthwash immediately after brushing your teeth. Mouthwash washes away the fluoride that you’ve just cleaned your teeth with. We recommend rinsing with mouthwash at least thirty minutes after you’ve brushed.
You’re Not Flossing the Whole Tooth
Many of us only floss the area between our teeth, but the whole tooth needs to be flossed. Twist the floss into a C shape around your tooth and move it up and down to eliminate plaque.
You’re Not Using Enough Floss
You might not be flossing your whole tooth because you’re not using enough floss. Depending on the floss you use, if the length of floss is too short, it can make it hard to reach all areas of your teeth, along with coiling it around your finger. An 18-inch piece of floss works best, or choose a floss stick instead.
You’re Flossing At The Wrong Time
It’s essential to floss in the evening before you go to bed. This is to remove any plaque and debris that has accumulated throughout the day so that you can go to sleep with a healthy smile.
Book an Appointment
If you need further assistance with brushing and flossing, we can recommend techniques to ensure your oral health is tip-top. Schedule a check-up today with Kozlow and Rowell.