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How Often Should You Be Brushing and Flossing?

Posted on 9/6/2021 by Water's Edge Dental
How Often Should You Be Brushing and Flossing?We all know that brushing and flossing are important habits to incorporate into our day. The benefits of these two easy activities far outweigh the effort and time we put into it. For instance, we know that brushing is the most effective way to remove plaque and food debris from the surface of our teeth. If plaque persists on our teeth, we can expect tooth decay to develop. We also know that flossing has numerous benefits as well. You can brush most of the surfaces of your teeth, but it is important to remove plaque from between your teeth. By brushing and flossing between your teeth, you can address all surfaces of your teeth.

Our Recommendations for Brushing and Flossing Your Teeth

Our best advice is to get into a daily habit of brushing and flossing your teeth. For instance, it is important to brush your teeth twice a day. Plaque accumulates at an astounding rate, so it is important to stay ahead of it by proactively brushing your teeth. Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush your teeth for two minutes during each brushing session. Brush in the morning after breakfast and again at night before bed. Be gentle on your teeth, as brushing vigorously can cause gum recession.

As we know, plaque and tartar also accumulate between your teeth. The buildup of tartar can lead to tooth decay and cavities. Inflammation is also common if people choose not to floss. If this is left untreated, it could turn into periodontitis. This advanced form of gum disease will complicate your oral health. To avoid all that, we advise our patients to floss at least once a day. Flossing before your evening brushing session is the best way to eliminate trapped debris before it can cause damage overnight.

Schedule Your Dental Exam

Schedule your next dental exam with our friendly office staff. We'll be happy to assess your brushing and flossing techniques, as well as give you more tips and tricks to make brushing and flossing more efficient.

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