Everyone should brush their teeth at least twice a day. In this post from Mantis Dentistry & Implant Center in Wilmette IL, we’ll talk about why this is so important.
Brushing and flossing is the best way to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Using a fluoride toothpaste and carefully flossing removes food debris from teeth and cleans away plaque build-up.
If we let food stay on our teeth, the starches in it combine with the plaque. This nasty mixture forms an acid which immediately starts drilling into the enamel to form cavities. Brushing can’t get all the spaces between your teeth, so you’ve got to floss also.
What To Do When You Brush
- Be sure to get all over your teeth: the front and the sides, inside and out, and the tops. When you brush the sides, be sure you brush along the gum-line. Use a gentle touch, and hold the brush at a 45-degree angle.
- As you brush the front and side surfaces, move the brush in gentle, circular strokes. Make sure you brush for at least two minutes.
- Use a pea-sized blob of fluoridated toothpaste, or more than a pea-sized, if you prefer. Too much is no big deal, but be sure to use enough.
At Mantis Dentistry & Implant Center in Wilmette IL, we want all of our patients to enjoy clean teeth and healthy gums. People throughout North Shore, Evanston, Winnetka, and Kenilworth see us for a checkup every six months. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Request an appointment today!
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