The best thing you can do for your oral health is to keep up with a proper brushing and flossing routine. This means brushing your teeth twice per day for two minutes each time and floss as often during the day as you’d like, but at least once per day (at night for best health). As your local dentist in Mesquite, it’s our duty to ensure your oral health habits are right on track!

Brushing your teeth twice per day gets rid of all extra food left over in your mouth, and flossing helps remove those particles stuck between your teeth. If teeth are left unbrushed, they are likely to develop a plaque buildup. Plaque is a film that sticks to your teeth and traps bacteria in your mouth.

Proper Brushing Technique

To make sure you’re doing yourself justice when brushing your teeth, follow these tips. Brushing teeth is much more of a strategy game than a game of tough fighting. First, get a soft-bristled toothbrush and your favorite flavor of toothpaste. Then, grab the toothbrush handle between your first finger and thumb only. The strength it takes to hold a toothbrush like this is all the strength you need. Brushing for two minutes at this pressure is enough to get the plaque off without damaging enamel.

Proper Flossing Technique

Whether you choose to use string floss or a floss pick, be sure the string is taut before beginning. Easily zig zag the floss between two teeth down to the gum; don’t force the floss down causing a “pop” because that damages gum health. Once the floss is between teeth, move it around the gum line to remove any leftovers. Repeat this for every tooth.

If you keep up with these proper brushing and flossing habits, then you’re surely on the right track for a successful visit to our dentist in Mesquite.