Everyone has a different morning routine. Some people jump out of bed right after the alarm goes off; other people hit the snooze button three times before rising. Some people shower first thing in the morning; other people eat breakfast first. No matter your usual morning routine, there are two things that should be included in everyone’s habits: brushing and flossing your teeth.
These simple routines to keep your teeth healthy also bring great social benefits. Does anyone really want to smell your morning breath?
What many people don’t know about brushing and flossing is that technique is the key to avoiding cavities. If you brush twice a day, but are missing most of the debris in your mouth because of bad technique, you could be mighty disappointed at your next dental visit. Here is a checklist to make sure you are brushing and flossing your teeth effectively!
- Use a soft-bristled brush that reaches all areas easily.
- Make sure to brush each surface of every tooth – inside, outside and top. Spend extra time on the gum line.
- Use the end of your toothbrush to clean the inside surfaces of your front teeth.
- Use about 18 inches of floss and wind most of it around one finger. The short-end of the floss should be wrapped around a finger on your opposite hand to collect the floss as you use it.
- Ease the floss between your teeth with a gentle rubbing motion. You will be sorry if it snaps into your gums!
- At the gum line, curve the floss around one tooth and gently rub the floss up and down the side of the tooth.
- Repeat with each tooth, including the backsides of your end teeth.
- If you have a hard time using string floss, ask your dentist to recommend a different gum-cleaning option for you.
If you follow these suggestions, you’ll be your dentist’s new favorite patient! Remember, good oral health care contributes to good overall health, so care for your teeth today and every day.