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How To Properly Brush, Floss, And Maintain Your Teeth

Last updated 6 years ago

Poor dental hygiene can affect your body in a number of ways. Plaque buildup may exacerbate artery issues and lead to stroke. Swelling from gum disease can lead to swelling in the body and may cause a number of other health problems. The right Brush-Floss-Rinse routine can protect your entire body from oral bacteria.

  • Brush: Between dentist visits, brush at least twice a day to maintain your dental hygiene. This brushing should happen at the beginning and end of the day. This prevents excessive plaque from building up between your gums. Use a 45-degree angle and light circular motions to brush your gums. Brushing them too hard can detach gums from enamel and leave enamel vulnerable. Brushing your tongue also helps to remove plaque and keep your breath fresh.
  • Floss: Flossing should be done at minimum once a day. It’s the best way to remove the deeply routed plaque that bristles can’t reach. To floss efficiently and effectively, wrap the floss taut around your fingers or twist the floss into a loop. Lay the floss flush against the side of your teeth, slowly rubbing up and down to remove plaque. Simply popping the floss between your gums won’t help with plaque and may do more damage to your gums.
  • Rinse: Many patients take rinsing for granted, but your mouthwash routine can have a big impact on your teeth. Medicated varieties help mitigate gum bleeding and ashing products with fluoride can strengthen your teeth. When using mouthwash, less is more. Swish the mouthwash vigorously through each section of your mouth for 30 seconds. Keep your mouth closed and teeth apart for the best results. Remember to rinse after brushing and flossing. This helps your mouthwash remove leftover plaque and bacteria.

Baltimore residents showing signs of periodontal disease need an expert general dentist to handle their oral aches. Call The Smile Design Center at (443) 275-9821 for all your dentistry needs. We also specialize in cosmetic dentistry, sedation dentistry, and pediatric dentistry.


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