Teeth, Gums, and Brushing and Flossing

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The quest for a better smile begins with your oral hygiene. Oral hygiene is essential to keep your teeth safe. Although oral accidents and injuries can often arise and destroy your smile in seconds, the basics of preventing dental erosion through brushing and flossing are the first steps to maintaining a healthy smile. This includes brushing twice every day with a brush that has soft bristles and with non-abrasive toothpaste. Furthermore, you will need to floss between teeth with an interdental flossing tool that will not shred or tear upon use.

Care for your toothbrush so it can continue to keep your mouth clean. This includes keeping your toothbrush clean at all times and storing it in an airtight container. Never store your toothbrush in a closed container and never allow anyone else to use your toothbrush. Even keeping your toothbrush with other toothbrushes can cross-contaminate it. When you do brush your teeth, use small, gentle strokes and brush at a 45-degree angle. However, you will need to turn your brush vertical to brush your front teeth.

When flossing between your teeth, never miss any gaps. Many individuals often find themselves only flossing the front teeth or areas that they can visibly see. However, this is a problem because plaque buildup can still occur between teeth in your back rows. Thus, take the necessary time to clean all areas. Also, make sure you are using a dental floss that is long enough to clean between each and every tooth without having to use the same section more than once. This is important for avoiding plaque recontamination from between one area to the next.

Do you believe you are ready for treatments to help clean your teeth and gums? If so, you can schedule an appointment with your dentist at Denali Dental, by calling us at 303-254-4444. Our dentists, Drs. Sefcik, Andrews and Andrews, and our entire team at our dentist office in Northglenn, Colorado, look forward to having you as our guest soon.