Brushing and Flossing

Brushing and flossing seem relatively straightforward. However, many of us would be surprised that we have been doing it wrong all along. For example, proper brushing takes a minimum of two minutes, and most people dol not know that. People often make the mistake of brushing too roughly which risks damaging gum tissue.

Most of us would remember just being handed a toothbrush and toothpaste as children, and we just winged it from there. Oral health is one of these things that are taken for granted and we are not adequately taught to do it properly unless you had access to a family dentist. For this reason, it is essential that children are educated on how to brush and floss from an early age correctly.

Should I brush or floss first?

Which one is done first or last does not matter as long as it is properly done daily. The most important thing is that you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss gently and thoroughly at a 45-degree angle against the gums. Some people who may struggle to handle dental floss can look into other options like special brushes, picks or sticks. To avoid injuries, we advise that you get professional advice from your dentist on how to use these properly.

How to floss?

Plaque build-up can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and worse if not treated. Flossing is designed to reach the crevices and areas that your toothbrush can not. When using dental floss, you are to floss between all your teeth at a 45-degree angle against your gums. If you do not think you understand how to do this, there are other options available that Dr Maguire can prescribe and guide you through.

How to brush teeth correctly?

The goal you should be aiming for when brushing is to remove as much plaque as possible. The inner and outer sides and the top, and groves of every tooth should be brushed in a small back and forth motion. One of the culprits of bad breath is the remaining dental plaque left around soft tissue. Soft tissue includes your tongue and gumline. Do not forget to gently brush soft tissue as well.