The importance of Brushing and Flossing
WHY BRUSH AND FLOSS?
Brushing and flossing everyday will help keep your teeth and gums healthy. Having clean teeth also makes you look and feel better. Your smile is brighter and your teeth feel smoother. Not to mention fresher breath.
Many kinds of bacteria live in your mouth. These germs collect on your teeth and gums and quickly form a sticky film called plaque. Plaque is the major cause of tooth decay and gum disease. Since plaque is always forming, it needs to be removed everyday. Brushing removes plaque from the surfaces of your teeth. Flossing breaks up plaque between your teeth and under your gums. ‘
Your dentist may recommend using other dental aids. They can be helpful if you have sensitive teeth, gum disease, bridges, implants, or braces, or if you have trouble gripping the toothbrush or floss.
*INTERDENTAL BRUSHES clean large spaces between teeth
*ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSHES are easier to hold, and move the brush for you
*FLOSS HOLDERS help you get into hard to reach places
*FLOSS THREADERS help you get under braces or bridgework
*SPECIAL FLOSS with a foam or gauze coating gets into tight spaces more easily
*ORAL IRRIGATORS use water pressure to help flush out food
*INTERDENTAL CLEANERS AND DENTAL PICKS help loosen food and plaque between teeth
*GUM STIMULATORS help massage and firm up gums
TIPS FOR HEALTHY TEETH
Along with daily brushing and flossing, getting regular dental checkups and eating a good diet will help you keep your gums healthy and your teeth free of decay. See your dentist regularly to have your teeth and gums cleaned and checked. Get into a routine for brushing and flossing. Brush after meals and floss at least once a day. Use a fluoride toothpaste to help fight tooth decay. Avoid snacking on sugary foods. Eat fruits and vegetables and sugar-free cereals and crackers instead.