Date: 07/12/16 By: admin
Here at Preston Smiles we promote proper brushing and flossing habits. They are very important to maintaining a healthy smile and preventing tooth decay and disease that are costly to your health and wallet. In order to best care for your teeth, you should brush and floss at least twice a day. You should brush your teeth for at least two minutes, or just less than the time it takes to listen to one of your favorite songs. Be sure to brush every surface of your teeth, as well as your gums, tongue, and the roof of your mouth. When you brush, you should make small circles in short strokes over all surfaces. Be sure to be thorough but gentle when you brush; brushing your teeth too vigorously with a hard-bristled toothbrush can actually remove the protective enamel on your teeth, making them more vulnerable to damage. You should also take care of your toothbrush by storing it properly in an upright, dry position, and replace your toothbrush when the bristles start to fray.
Keep in mind that flossing should not be painful. If you floss too hard, you could damage the tissue between your teeth. If you’re too gentle, you might not be getting the food out. It’s normal to feel some discomfort when you first start flossing, but don’t give up. With daily brushing and flossing, that discomfort should ease within a week or two. If your pain persists, talk to your dentist.
The most important thing about flossing is to do it. As long as you do a thorough job, it doesn’t matter when. Pick a time of day when you can devote an extra couple of minutes to your dental care. People who are too tired at the end of the day may benefit from flossing first thing in the morning or flossing after lunch. Others might like to go to bed with a clean mouth. And don’t forget, children need to floss too! You should be flossing your child’s teeth as soon as he or she has two teeth that touch. Children usually are unable to floss well by themselves until they are age 10 or 11.
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