Not only is it important for us to brush twice a day, two minutes each time, but we should also be flossing! Floss is the only thing that can reach in between each of our teeth (especially if you have crowded teeth).
When it comes to flossing, it may be challenging to get into a routine of doing it. The best time to floss is right before brushing at night. We need to remember to floss around the front and the back teeth, especially since we often use the back teeth to chew.
HOW TO FLOSS
- Dispense about 18 inches of floss
- Wind the floss around the middle fingers of each hand
- Grab hold of the floss with the index finger and thumb leaving about 1-2 inches in between
- Use your thumbs to direct the floss in between the contacts of each tooth
- Gently guide the floss up and down the side of each tooth ensuring that each piece of floss used is clean.
Remember flossing is just as important as brushing our teeth, because floss reaches places our toothbrush cannot!
Good oral health starts by brushing and flossing twice a day, but it definitely does not stop there. Mouth wash is the final step towards good oral health. Rinsing with an anti-microbial mouth wash every day can minimize your risk in the prevention of gum disease (gingivitis), bad breath, and cavities. Although there may be many types of mouth rinses out there, you can talk to Dr. Liang about a mouth wash rinse that is the best fit for you!
Regular dental visits are strongly recommended, typically every 6 months. Sometimes more frequent dental visits are needed if you have gum disease. Dr. Liang will examine your soft tissues and teeth as well as give advice to help you stay on track! Remember, it only takes 2 minutes, 2 times a day to start to ensure a happier, healthier, brighter smile!