Take Care of Your Teeth and Gums
At Mountainside Dental, we want to keep your smile healthy. Your dental health is linked to so many other areas of health, so it’s not all about a good-looking smile. Taking care of your teeth and gums at home and seeing a dentist at least twice a year is crucial for dental and overall health. We provide a wide array of preventative, general, family, and cosmetic dental services, so let us know how we can keep you smiling!
The Important Benefits of Daily Flossing and Brushing
The importance of brushing and flossing your teeth cannot be overstated. Here are just a few of the reasons why good oral hygiene is important.
- Prevents Tooth Decay & Cavities – Tooth decay, sometimes referred to as simply cavities, can cause permanent damage to your teeth. Regular brushing and flossing will clean away the bacteria that is normally the cause of tooth decay.
- Prevents Periodontal Disease – Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums. It can eat away at the jaw bone and cause tooth loss. It can also cause heart and respiratory complications. Periodontal disease usually develops as a result of poor oral hygiene habits.
- Prevents Staining – When you brush and floss regularly, you are less likely to develop stains on your teeth.
- Prevents Plaque – Plaque is a film that develops on your teeth throughout the day and contains harmful bacteria. Brushing and flossing will help remove plaque before it hardens and becomes difficult to remove.
- Prevents Gum Disease – Gum disease can cause bad breath and even tooth loss.
- Reduces Bad Breath – Brushing and flossing removes the bacteria that causes bad breath.
- Improve Heart Health – Gum disease can cause bacteria to seep into the blood stream and infect the heart valves. Proper brushing and flossing will minimize the risk of heart disease.
How to Properly Brush
Brushing your teeth regularly is just as important as doing it properly. Here is a step-by-step guide to proper brushing.
- Wet the bristles of the toothbrush and apply a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.
- Brush the front teeth while holding the toothbrush at 45-degree angle, using soft, gentle strokes.
- Brush the outside surfaces of your teeth, making sure to reach the molars.
- Flip the brush upside down to reach the inside surfaces of your front teeth, and flip it back around to do the same for the inside surfaces of your bottom teeth.
- Brush the back of your tongue.
- Spit the toothpaste out and rinse your mouth by swishing with cool water.
If you have braces, the process is the same, but you have to make sure to clean the tops and bottoms of the brackets as well. You can do this by shifting the angle of the brush so that the bristles are reaching into the brackets.
How to Properly Floss
Flossing should be done before brushing to remove plaque and bacteria between the teeth. Follow this step-by-step flossing guide.
- Cut about 18 inches of floss and wrap most of one end around your middle finger. Wrap the other end around the middle finger of your opposite hand.
- Hold a short length of taut floss between your thumb and forefingers.
- Gently guide the taut floss between your teeth and move it back and forth a few times.
- When you reach the gum, wrap the floss around one tooth and gently slide the floss in the space between the gum and the tooth.
- Hold the floss taut against the tooth and rub the sides gently.
If you have braces, it’s best to use floss with a floss threader. Insert the floss into the floss threader, and wrap the floss around the underside of the wire using the threader. Gently run the floss back and forth against the wire, and repeat for every tooth.