Studies show that as many as 75% of Americans have some form of gum disease that could easily have been prevented with the right combination of flossing, brushing, and rinsing. What many people don’t realize is that when plaque remains on teeth, it allows harmful bacteria to grow. The following guide offers tips for proper flossing, brushing, and rinsing to keep plaque away:
Flossing: Once a day flossing is recommended to get the plaque and food debris that a toothbrush can’t reach. Using just 18 inches of floss, gently slide the floss between and around each tooth to clean out built-up particles. Over time, flossing will become easier to remember, but for the time being, fit it into your schedule whenever you can.
Brushing: The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste that contains fluoride. Brush each tooth gently and make sure that you’re reaching all areas of the mouth. It’s ideal to brush after flossing to help remove the plaque that was dislodged by the floss.
Rinsing: Use an antiplaque or antimicrobial mouthwash to aid in eliminating bacteria. Although the alcohol in the mouthwash will kill the bacteria, rinsing shouldn’t be an alternative to brushing and flossing. All three practices together prove beneficial for good oral hygiene.
Ask an experienced dentist for more information on proper oral hygiene. Dr. Kenn Kakosian DDS has been working in the dental field for over 24 years. Located in Midtown Manhattan, our dental practice can improve your smile with general and cosmetic dentistry. Call (888) 775-8116 to set up an appointment.