The Ultimate Brushing Routine – Flossing And More
Importance of flossing
The next most important part of your brushing routine should be flossing between your teeth. And trust us, flossing is a must. There is no escaping flossing if you want a clean, plaque-free mouth. Flossing not just prevents tooth decay, but is also essential for stopping periodontal diseases from developing. Flossing also helps in prevention of heart attacks and strokes.
Though brushing removes plaque from the surfaces of the teeth, flossing is required to get rid of the plaque from in between the teeth.
Mouthwash: Mouthwash is not a replacement for flossing. Like flossing, a mouthwash will not be able to remove food particles or plaque from in between your teeth. However, what a mouthwash does is it destroys the bacteria that brushing and flossing can’t, by using its various chemicals. When used after brushing and flossing, the mouthwash goes on a killing spree, destroying all the bad smell creating bacteria, leaving your mouth fresh and clean.
The right toothbrush: Ensure that your toothbrush reaches and cleans the last tooth in your mouth. Do not forget to brush the inside surface (palatal and lingual surfaces) of your teeth. Your gums can only take so much abuse, so always pick a toothbrush with soft, round bristles. In addition, there is a danger of the harder bristles harming the enamel on your teeth. And finally, if it is too confusing, you can always request your dentist to recommend the right toothbrush for you.
Diet: In addition to the routine of brushing, flossing and rinsing; it is essential that you have a healthy, balanced diet. Avoid consuming aerated drinks and sugary snacks on a regular basis. Tip: Limit the impact of the junk food you eat by rinsing your mouth with baking soda and water.
Rub toothpaste onto your teeth: Researchers of the University of Gothenburg’s Sahlgrenska Academy swear by this – Rubbing the front of your tooth with toothpaste apparently is like giving your teeth the third shot of fluoride, perhaps after lunch. This ‘massage method’ is said to be as effective as a third brushing.
Oral care is sometimes taken for granted with routine brushing. But with new research pointing to the mouth as the ‘gateway’ to diseases, oral hygiene has assumed great importance. The best way to healthy living is by keeping your mouth healthy, clean and free of bacteria and cavities.
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