Brushing and flossing are the two simplest yet most important things you can do to maintain a healthy mouth. Just like with any other skill, the more you practice them, the better you become. It’s helpful to start developing these good habits at a young age, but even if they aren’t established in childhood, it’s never too late to start. Here are a few answers to some typical questions we hear about brushing and flossing. Our goal at Braces Now 14 is to help our patients in Norcross to keep healthy teeth and gums.
You’ve probably heard your dentist recommend that you should be brushing twice a day and flossing every day. This is not a random suggestion – food debris and bacteria build up easily on your teeth between cleanings. Failing to remove them regularly allows the bacteria to produce harmful acids that can damage your teeth. Brushing twice a day – once in the morning and again before bed – and flossing to remove substances from in between your teeth gets rid of these harmful bacteria on a regular basis to keep your teeth and gums protected.
You should be replacing your toothbrush every three months. This will depend on how you use your brush (whether you brush gently or aggressively), so just pay attention to the bristles of the brush: once you notice that they are becoming worn or frayed, it’s time to get a new one.
You are spoilt for choice when it comes to a toothpaste to use in your daily routine. Whether you prefer to use one that promises whiter teeth, fresher breath, or just one that tastes good, it’s important that the toothpaste you use contains fluoride. This is a mineral that occurs naturally and that you can ingest through some foods you eat, but by using a toothpaste with fluoride, you allow it to absorb more directly into your teeth, helping to strengthen tooth enamel more effectively.
If you have questions about how to best care for your teeth or would just like some tips, get in touch with us at Braces Now 14 in Norcross.