When it comes to proper dental hygiene, all you really need to do are three things — brush, floss and rinse with mouthwash. But if you think that a dental hygiene regimen as that is just too simple and elementary to have any profound effect on your dental health, then here are reasons for why these three things are more important than you think:
What brushing does is to get rid of plaque which accumulates all throughout the day and especially after eating a meal. The thing about plaque is that it can erode the dental enamel because of the acid metabolites found in it and it can irritate the gums because of the bacteria that thrive in this matrix.
The problem is that toothbrushing is only effective if it is done the proper way, and chances are that you aren’t brushing your teeth in the right manner. You must brush using gentle and circular strokes in order to remove plaque without irritating your gums and causing gingivitis. To prevent irritating your gums, you should also switch to a soft-bristled toothbrush. And when it comes to choosing the toothpaste, it should contain adequate levels of fluoride.
While brushing is the cornerstone of any dental hygiene regimen, it’s still not enough. In fact, toothbrushing alone will not allow plaque in between your teeth to be removed. For this reason, individuals who fail to floss their teeth usually get cavities in between their teeth. Flossing, on the other hand, gets rid of the plaque accumulated along these regions.
If flossing is inconvenient for you because you wear braces or because you have very tight spaces in between your teeth, then you can pick out a floss threader which will help to place floss in between your teeth without getting stuck in wires, while a waxed dental floss allows the floss to glide smoothly in between your teeth.
Rinsing with mouthwash is an effective way to get rid of plaque in extremely hard-to-reach places such as the back of your mouth. Mouth wash products occur in different variants. For instance, individuals who are at risk for gingivitis and other gum diseases can pick out specifically formulated mouthwash to get rid of tartar. And while the use of mouthwash can substitute for flossing of teeth, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash done in combination can really help to improve your dental health.
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