For example, did you know that it is better to floss first and then brush? Flossing is just as important as brushing and should be a daily event. And did you know that tooth picking with a round plastic toothpick (Rotopoints are our favorite) or rubber tip are also great options to flossing. You already know that you’re supposed to brush at least twice a day, in the morning and before going to bed. But make sure you don’t scrub with too much force. A light touch and a brush with soft bristles is perfect, as long as your technique is right. Make sure that you’re remembering to insert the bristles between the edge of your gums and the neck of your teeth. Then gently vibrate back and forth. Don’t scrub!
Dry brushing is also a fantastic method to help keep gums massaged and healthy, as long as you’re doing it correctly and not scrubbing your gums away!
And if you’re unsure if you’re brushing too hard, take a look at your toothbrush – are the bristles flared out? Rather than applying so much pressure, try for careful technique and 2 minutes of time. Check your gums, too. Are they coming to a nice sharp peak between your teeth, as opposed to a rounded, bulky curve? Above all, if your gums bleed when you brush, floss or pick, you have gum disease! Get help NOW!
For more info about cosmetic dentistry and dental health, log onto https://www.pwdentalarts.com/in-the-news/ for our latest articles on the best hygiene practices. Electric toothbrushes, such as the Rotadent®, and water spraying devices like the Hydrofloss®, are great additions to your hygiene routine. Be sure to use CloSYS™ toothpaste and rinse to wash away any plaque and lingering debris and create the sweet breath your friends and loved ones will appreciate. Cosmetic and restorative dentist Dr. Lisa Marie Samaha is excited to show you the benefits that dental hygiene can have on your overall health.