We’ve all heard how important brushing and flossing can be for our smile and overall oral health, but do you know how important it is to properly brush and floss? When it comes to your at-home dental care routine, there are certain ways you can improve your brushing and flossing that will greatly reduce your risk of tooth decay, cavity formation, oral infections and even periodontal gum disease. Today, M2 Dental in Vancouver is providing various tips to improve your flossing and brushing, we hope you learn something new!
When it comes to buying a toothbrush for your at-home dental care routine, we recommend always opting for a soft bristled toothbrush. Using harder bristles can damage the enamel and teeth, increasing your risk of problems. Your toothbrush should also properly reach all of your teeth, even those in the very back.
We recommend replacing your toothbrush at least every 3 months. If you notice your toothbrush is worn or damaged at all, replace it immediately. A worn-out toothbrush is less effective at properly cleaning your mouth. If you have recently been sick, it is also a good idea to switch to a new toothbrush to reduce bacteria.
When it comes to floss, we recommend selecting a waxed version, it tends to be easier on the teeth and results in less bleeding after use. Floss picks can be a wonderful option for those who have difficulty reaching all around the mouth. A water flossing device can also be extremely useful for anyone with dental work such as braces.
You should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day along with flossing at least once a day. We also recommend brushing/scraping your tongue daily, it can reduce bacteria in the mouth and your risk of bad breath.
Along with proper at-home dental care, it is important to receive routine, professional care as well. Contact M2 Dental in Vancouver today to schedule your appointment with us.