By now, everyone has gotten the memo on how important it is to brush and floss every day. But just doing something doesn’t necessarily guarantee that you’re doing it right. Here are some tips on brushing and flossing that will make your dentist give you a big sloppy kiss right on the face.
Get Off the Level. Most people hold their toothbrush horizontally when they brush, moving it from side to side or up and down. While this will do a passable job of brushing, holding the brush at a 45-degree angle will help you get into the spaces between your teeth a little more consistently. It will also relieve a little of the erosive pressure you can build up by only brushing horizontally — shorter strokes with the brush mean an inherently slower maximum speed, and that will help preserve your enamel longer.
Flossing: The Deeper Truth. If you’re flossing just by pulling the string down between your teeth and immediately out again, you’re missing an entire dimension to this simple act. Once the string is down there, you need to make sure you slide it into the space between the tooth and gum on either side, so that the floss cups the tooth like a saddle on its way down. This gets those stubborn spots that not even the greatest toothbrush in the history of science can reach. Now that’s Flossing!
Calling in the Reinforcements. This one might be cheating a little, but we’re talking about your oral health, so cheat away! Extra tools can get your mouth extra clean. There are a variety of oral care products designed to augment your at-home routine, such as dental picks, dental scalers, interdental brushes, and even tongue cleaning devices (not as scary as it sounds, I promise).
When it comes to keeping your mouth healthy and clean, there is no such thing as not enough. Using these techniques, you can maintain a mouthful of mighty molars, cutting-edge canines, and terrific tricuspids, leaving your mouth so clean you could eat off of it. Or in it, rather. (With it?) Find more on this topic here: www.dentek.com
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