How to Properly Brush and Floss Your Smile

June 14, 2022

Taking time to care for your smile each and every day helps fight major buildup, and also protect smiles from major problems. Which is why people of all ages need to brush and floss each day! In today’s blog, your Olathe, KS, dentist talks about how to brush and floss the right way, and safeguard smiles against cavities and more.

women cleaning her teeth

The Importance of Daily Care

Over time, there are harmful oral bacteria that will break down the particles left behind by the food and drinks we’ve enjoyed. As they do, this creates plaque buildup, a bacterial byproduct that coats the teeth. Over time, this hardens into tartar. The buildup will weaken and erode outer enamel, and also inflame gum tissues, increasing the risk of cavities, infections, gingivitis, and gum disease. The same buildup is also linked to bad breath and even teeth stains. Daily care helps severely limit how much plaque and tartar can form in between cleaning visits, in which we remove it completely.

Brushing Teeth

People of all ages need to brush their teeth twice a day for two minutes, once in the morning and then again before going to bed. Each session should take about two minutes. For kids, make sure they have an age-appropriate toothbrush. For teens and adults, you can opt for a manual or electric one, just as long as you’re properly cleaning your teeth. We do however, recommend soft bristles to help prevent inadvertent enamel damage or gum recession. Fluoride toothpaste should be used each time as well, since fluoride helps strengthen the outer enamel. Kids three and younger should use a rice-sized amount, while kids over the age of three need a pea-sized amount.

Flossing Between Them

While brushing is very effective, even more vital is flossing. When food particles remain between the teeth, beyond the reach of a toothbrush, this could encourage issues like cavities and periodontal problems. Which is why as soon as teeth sit side-by-side in our smile, we need to floss. Gently run the tape up and down each side of every tooth, dipping beneath the gum line each time. This should be done every evening. Kids may need assistance with a floss pick, and teens and adults can use tape or water flossers. If you have any questions, then give us a call today.

Learn More About Good Oral Hygiene Habits

We would like to help you and your family protect your smile. Schedule an appointment today and learn more about how to properly brush and floss. You can also call E-Care Dentistry in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. Find our office at 15010 S Black Bob Road Olathe, KS 66062. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, and all surrounding communities.