If you want to prevent cavities and gum disease, and ensure that your smile remains bright, strong, and healthy, proper at-home oral care is essential. But even if you think you’re doing a great job at maintaining your teeth, there is always room for improvement.
So in this blog from Willow Creek Smiles, we’ll discuss proper at-home brushing and flossing technique, and discuss why it’s so important to brush and floss regularly. Let’s get into it!
You probably only see a dentist like Dr. Tom Nguyen once every six months for a professional cleaning and oral exam. That means that for 363 days out of the year, you’re responsible for keeping your own mouth healthy.
Proper at-home oral care is the best way to do this. Brushing twice per day for two minutes and flossing once per day helps remove plaque, tartar and oral bacteria. When practiced regularly, at-home oral care prevents common dental health issues like gum disease and cavities.
This, in turn, saves you time and money by eliminating the need for fillings and other dental treatments, and ensures that you keep your teeth healthy and strong.
So, how can you improve your brushing technique? The Modified Bass Brushing Technique is what is recommended by Dr. Nguyen. Here’s how it works.
Need a visual example? This video from Colgate will familiarize you with the basics.
Proper flossing is key for reducing plaque buildup, removing food particles from your teeth, and preventing gingivitis. Here is a brief overview of proper flossing technique.
Again, a visual aid can be helpful. So take a look at this video from the American Dental Association if you’d like an example!
If you’re overdue for a teeth cleaning or you want more tips on preventing common dental issues like gum disease and cavities, Dr. Tom Nguyen is here to help. At Willow Creek Smiles, we focus on preventive care in Tomball. Contact us online or give us a call at (281) 516-8575 to get started, and get the treatment you need to prevent gum disease, tooth decay, and other common oral health issues.