Improve Your Brushing and Flossing Habit with These Tips

Improve Your Brushing and Flossing Habit with These Tips

Jan 23, 2019

Everyone’s been told since childhood that if you want to have the best smile possible, you have to brush and floss every day. Of course, brushing and flossing are like any other skill in life: we’re not born with them but instead must learn them through practice, practice, practice.

Brushing and flossing remain the most effective and simple ways to prevent tooth decay by removing the bacteria and plaque buildup that cause this problem. But what are the best techniques to optimize your cleaning power? We at White Rock Dental have come up with four tips to help you be the best brusher and first-rate flosser in Dallas.

How often should you brush and floss?

The simple answer is that brushing and floss at least once daily (but hopefully more!) significantly prevents bacteria from building up and causing tooth decay or gum disease. Of course, if you have a more serious dental condition, brushing more or less may be advised, so consult one of our experts at White Rock Dental in Dallas. Lastly, don’t brush too hard because this can actually cause more damage to gums and teeth over the long run. Be gentle for the best dental!

How often should you replace a toothbrush?

Toothbrushes should generally be changed after a few months. A good way to check is to examine the bristles. If they look worn out or split, then it’s a sign that a new toothbrush is needed.

What are the best kind of toothpastes to use?

There are tons of different options, and usually the taste and texture vary from patient to patient. The best toothpastes, however, all contain fluoride, which reinforces the tooth’s enamel and fights tartar. Another tip: make sure not to rinse the mouth too quickly after brushing. The fluoride in toothpaste needs time to be in contact with the tooth for maximum effectiveness!

What to do if you have sensitive teeth.

We at White Rock Dental in Dallas would be happy to help develop a personalized brushing program for you! Sensitivity can be caused by a variety of different factors; such as gum disease or worn enamel. Especially if your gums have receded, there could be exposed roots that make eating hot and cold foods extremely uncomfortable—and can make brushing painful, too. Our experts can suggest specialized toothpastes as well that are designed especially for sensitive teeth.

Follow these tips and you’ll be well on your way to making your beautiful smile even more beautiful!