We all know it’s important to brush and floss daily, but to get the best results you need to make sure you’ve got the right technique. Here are a few tips that well help keep that smile healthy and gleaming!
5 tips for effective brushing:
- Brush after breakfast to remove any food particles as well as plaque that has built up after your sleep. We also suggest you brush before bed, as sleeping decreases your saliva leaving your teeth more vulnerable to bacterial acids.
- Brush lightly – brushing too hard can cause gums to recede. Plaque attaches to teeth and can't be totally removed by rinsing, but just a light brushing will do the trick. Try holding your toothbrush the same way you hold a pen. This encourages a lighter stroke.
- Brush for at least two minutes. Set a timer if you have to, but don't skimp on brushing time. Longer is fine, but two minutes is the minimum time needed to adequately clean all your teeth.
- Always use a toothbrush with "soft" or "extra soft" bristles. The harder the brush, the greater the risk of harming gum tissue.
- Change your toothbrush regularly. As soon as the bristles begin to splay, the toothbrush loses its ability to clean properly. Throw away your old toothbrush after three months or when the bristles flare, whichever comes first. If you find your bristles flaring much sooner than three months, you may be brushing too hard. Try easing up.
5 tips for effective flossing:
- Although there is no research to recommend an optimum number of times to floss, most dentists recommend a thorough flossing at least once a day.
- Take your time. Flossing requires a certain amount of dexterity and thought. Don't rush.
- Choose your own time. Although most people find that just before bed is an ideal time, many oral health professionals recommend flossing any time that is most convenient to ensure that you will continue to floss regularly.
- Don't skimp on the floss. Use as much as you need to clean both sides of every tooth with a fresh section of floss. In fact, you may need to floss one tooth several times (using fresh sections of floss) to remove all the food debris.
- Choose the type that works best for you. There are many different
types of floss: waxed and unwaxed, flavoured and unflavoured, ribbon and
thread. Try different varieties before settling on one. There are tougher
shred-resistant varieties that work well for people with rough edges that
tend to catch and rip floss.