Brushing teeth is a norm for most people. People brush teeth every day. But, dental caries and other dental diseases are still rampant. The main reason behind this is that people do not brush teeth correctly. In addition to this, not many people remember to brush their teeth before sleeping. The sleeping hours allow bacteria to interact with the food debris left on the surface of teeth. The sleeping hours also allow plaque to accumulate. Plaque is home to many bacteria. You should get rid of it regularly to avoid tooth decay and gum infection.
Flossing of teeth is done using dental floss. Flossing teeth help to remove pieces of food that are left on teeth that are not reachable using a toothbrush. It gets rid of plaque that forms in areas that are hard to reach using a toothbrush. Plaque is a bacteria-prone substance, which forms on teeth. These bacteria in the presence of starch and sugary foods produce acids that corrode the teeth causing tooth decay. The bacteria in plaque can also cause gum infection if allowed to accumulate below the gum line.
You will hear dentists from time to time recommending that patients should do interdental cleaning (cleaning between teeth). Dental floss is effective in doing so. Follow the advice of H. Peter Ku, D.D.S., PA and brush/floss everyday.
How to brush teeth
All the surfaces of the teeth should be brushed, including the back surface of teeth found in the back of the mouth. Pay good attention to the chewing surfaces of teeth. After you brush your teeth, you should spit all the excess toothpaste from the mouth. The mouth should not be rinsed. Supervise your kids as they brush their teeth.
There are two types of toothbrushes; the manual toothbrush and the electric toothbrush. Both are effective; you only need to make sure that you brush all the surfaces of your teeth. Also, you should make sure you use fluoride toothpaste to brush teeth.
How to floss teeth
A dental floss is a soft and thin thread, usually made of nylon, which is used to clean teeth. The fact that it is thin allows it to clean in between teeth. Nylon is a flexible material. This flexibility allows dental floss to reach areas that are hard to reach by regular brushing. Dental tape is an alternative to dental floss. People find the former easier to use.
If you are considering using dental floss, you should keep in mind the fact that if you do it, wrong complications such as bleeding gums may occur. It is very important to know how to floss teeth correctly. Following the direction of the dentist is very important. However, not all people get dental floss from a dentist. If you bought it over the counter, the following tips would make your flossing experience very smooth.
- Part of a section that is around 18 inches lo g (45 cm) from the floss. You should then wind the edges of the floss you intend to use around the middle fingers of both hands.
- Hold the floss firmly using the thumbs and forefingers of both hands. The floss that remains between the hands should be about 2 inches. The floss should be very tight so that it can slide between teeth efficiently.
- Direct the floss over the teeth very gently in an up and down direction. Make sure you reach the gum line. Plaque does accumulate in that area.
- To clean in between teeth, you should hold the floss tightly against the side of the tooth. Slowly guide it up and down until you feel there is no resistance.
- Repeat this process on all teeth. Scrape plaque of all the sides of teeth for effective cleaning.
Gums may bleed
When you first begin flossing, the gums may bleed; this is because the gums are very tender initially. Do not give up at this point. Continue the process and after some time, the bleeding will stop. If the bleeding persists, you should see the dentist.