You most likely have as well-established nightly oral hygiene routine, but you may be curious if there is an optimal sequence when it comes to taking care of your teeth.
Step 1: Floss removes harmful plaque and calculus between the teeth. Many people believe that just sliding the floss between teeth is sufficient. Go up and around each tooth and use a new section of floss for each tooth. Looking in the mirror while you are flossing will help aide and add to your motions and movements. Flossing at NIGHT before bedtime is ideal as it ensures clean surfaces of teeth when your saliva flow is at its slowest.
Step 2: Brushing your teeth only cleans about 25% of your mouth! Mouthwash rinses away bacteria, freshens breath, and rebalances pH levels in the mouth. Many people are tempted to finish their routine with mouth wash, but using mouth after brushing rinses away the active ingredients in toothpaste. Try using mouthwash in between flossing and brushing to remove excess food particles and loose debris created by flossing.
Step 3: Brush teeth after flossing and mouthwash. Although floss, mouthwash, brush can be a night routine, you should brush teeth both after breakfast and before you go to sleep. Brush your teeth for a full two minutes every time you brush.
Give the above sequence a try! If it is not for you, don’t sweat it! You can still maintain a healthy smile no matter what you choose. Even with a meticulous home care, tartar will find a way around teeth to deposit and remain. This is where your dental office comes in. Professional cleaning at a dental office ensures removal of hard to reach areas around your 28-32 teeth. Here at Sycamore Street Dental…our team of Hygienists and Doctor thoroughly check and examine your entire mouth paying close attention to the health of your gums. Come see us, we promise it is painless!
Sycamore Street Dental, 258N Sycamore Street, Newtown PA 18974, 215-794-2500.