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Brushing and Flossing

Your mouth performs many essential functions. It allows you to eat, speak, and smile confidently. Maintaining your oral health is essential for preventing serious issues like cavities and gum disease, and allowing your mouth to function properly. To keep your mouth healthy, it is essential that you brush and floss. Crafton Dental is here to help.

The Importance of Brushing and Flossing

It is important to brush correctly, and Crafton Dental in Columbia can help.
•  Eliminate Bacteria Buildup: Throughout the day, plaque and bacteria build up in your mouth, accumulating on the surfaces of your teeth.
•  Stop Cavities & Erosion: These substances produce harmful acids that can erode your tooth enamel, leading to the formation of decay and cavities.
•  Prevent Gum Disease: Bacteria can also irritate and inflame your gums, which can lead to gum disease. Both of these issues may start small, but they can grow worse over time, leading to tooth infections, teeth that are susceptible to breaking, gum recession, bone loss, loose teeth, and even tooth loss.

Brushing and flossing are necessary for eliminating the accumulation of plaque and bacteria, which helps to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy.

How Often Should I Brush and Floss?

•  Brush at least twice a day
•  Floss at least once a day

Additionally, the American Dental Association recommends that you brush first thing in the morning and then again before you go to bed. Flossing is also often recommended at night.

How Do I Brush and Floss?

•  Brushing: Brushing should be done for at least two full minutes. Use a soft-bristled brush and toothpaste. Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle to your gums and use short, gentle back and forth strokes. Make sure that you brush the outer surfaces of your teeth as well as the inner surfaces and the chewing surfaces.

•  Flossing: When you floss, take about 18 inches of floss and wind it around your middle fingers, leaving about one to two inches between them. Gently work the floss back and forth between your teeth and scrape up and down the sides of each tooth, using a new section of floss for each space. Do not forget to floss behind your very back teeth. If you have difficulties with dexterity or find regular floss hard to use, floss picks may be used instead.

Should I Brush or Floss First?

If you're still unsure how to floss properly, come see your local dentist Crafton Dental in Columbia, and we can show you how.
The truth is, there is no right order.
You can floss first and then brush or brush first and then floss. Flossing first can help to loosen debris from between your teeth that can then be easier to brush away. If you brush first, the floss can help to work the fluoride from your toothpaste into the crevices between your teeth.

Do I Need to Use Mouthwash?

Using mouthwash can be a beneficial part of your oral hygiene routine.
In addition to helping freshen your breath, mouthwash can help to reduce the quantity, and quality, of plaque and bacteria in your mouth, which can aid in reducing your risk of developing gum disease. Mouthwash can also help to rinse away any loose particles that may still be lingering in your mouth. Use mouthwash after you have finished brushing and flossing.

Do You Need a Professional Cleaning?

Regular brushing and flossing are essential for keeping your mouth healthy and preventing serious oral health issues like cavities and gum disease. However, you still need to get a professional dental cleaning every six months. If you have any questions or concerns about brushing and flossing, or if you are ready to schedule your dental appointment, call us today at (410) 381-0900.
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