Brushing and flossing are of paramount importance to oral hygiene. Although bi-annual professional dental cleanings remove plaque, tartar, and debris, excellent homecare methods are equally valuable. Proper brushing and flossing can enhance the health of the mouth, make the smile sparkle, and prevent serious diseases.
If you have any questions about the correct way to brush or floss, please ask Dr. Presser or any of the dental hygienists at Presser Dental Group. We serve patients in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and nearby areas.
Tooth decay is one of the leading causes of tooth loss, and its treatment often requires complex dental procedures. This occurs when the acids found in plaque erode the natural enamel found on the teeth. In addition, this phenomenon can easily be prevented by using proper home hygiene methods.
Periodontal disease is a serious and progressive condition which can cause tooth loss, gum recession, and jawbone recession. This disease is caused by the toxins found in plaque, which can lead to serious health problems in other parts of the body.
There are excellent ways to stave off periodontal problems. These include using a toothbrush to remove plaque and calculus (tartar) from the surface of the tooth and cleaning the interdental areas using dental floss.
Bad breath or halitosis is usually caused by old food particles on or between the teeth. These food particles can be removed with regular brushing and flossing. Proper cleaning leaves the mouth healthier and breath smelling fresher.
Staining or the yellowing of teeth can be caused by a wide variety of factors, such as smoking, coffee, and tea. The more regularly these staining agents are removed from the teeth using brushing and flossing techniques, the less likely it is that the stains will become permanent.
The teeth should be brushed at least twice a day. Ideally, it should be done in the morning and before bed.
The perfect toothbrush is small in size with soft, rounded-end bristles and no more than three months old. The head of the brush needs to be small enough to access all areas of the mouth. Moreover, the bristles should be soft enough so as not to cause undue damage to the gum tissue.
The American Dental Association (ADA) has given electric toothbrushes their seal of approval. The organization stated that those with rotating or oscillating heads are more effective than other toothbrushes.
Flossing is a great way to remove plaque from the interdental regions or the areas between the teeth. It is an especially important tool for preventing periodontal disease and limiting the depth of the gum pockets.
The interdental regions are difficult to reach with a toothbrush. This area should also be cleansed with dental floss on a daily basis.
The flavor and type of floss are unimportant. Choose floss that will be easy and pleasant to use.