Is Your Oral Hygiene Routine Getting You on the Dentist’s “Nice List” This Holiday Season?

Check to see if you’ve been brushing and flossing correctly!

While many patients may be doing their part to look after their mouths by brushing and flossing each day, some could use a little extra motivation.

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A proper oral care routine involves brushing twice every day for two minutes at a time, and flossing at least once every day. However, it’s important to take technique into account, as well. A daily brushing and flossing routine simply isn’t going to do what’s needed if it isn’t being done properly.

So, let’s find out whether you’ve been brushing and flossing the right way - or if it’s time to make some adjustments to your oral hygiene routine as you head into the year 2022.

Brushing the correct way

To ensure that you’re brushing correctly for optimal effectiveness, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Am I brushing twice a day for 2 full minutes each time?
  2. Am I using a toothbrush with soft bristles, or an electronic tooth brush?
  3. Am I brushing gently, without using excess force that could recede my gums and wear away my enamel?
  4. Am I making sure I always brush every surface of every tooth, even the teeth in harder-to-reach areas?
  5. Do I hold the bristles where my gums and teeth meet, moving the brush in circular motions, up and down at a 45-degree angle?
  6. Do I brush or scrape my tongue daily, as well?

If you’ve answered “yes” to all or most of the questions, then great! Try to keep these factors in mind every time you brush.

Flossing the correct way

Flossing is up next! Now, ask yourself these questions:

  1. Am I flossing at least once a day?
  2. Am I being gentle and avoiding aggressively “snapping” the string under and up my gums?
  3. Am I flossing both sides of every tooth every time?
  4. Am I curving the floss in a “C” shape around each tooth?
  5. Am I using a fresh section of floss every time so that I’m not transferring bacteria and debris from one area to another?

We hope this has been able to confirm whether you’ve been flossing correctly all along.

Don’t forget: Diet plays a fundamental role, too

It’s important to remember that what you eat and how often you eat certain foods also plays a part in determining the condition of your teeth.

Diets that primarily consist of vegetables, fruits, proteins and calcium are great for dental health. Diets that are carb-heavy (think cereals, white breads, pastas and cookies) are diets that the teeth don’t necessarily appreciate. Candies and dessert-like foods should also be avoided as regular snacks, as this habit increases the number of times your teeth are being exposed to acid attacks.

Don’t land on the dentist’s “Naughty List” this year!

Wishing all of our patients a gum disease and cavity-free winter holiday and beyond!

If it’s been longer than 6-9 months since your last check-up and cleaning, schedule your next visit at our Etobicoke dental clinic today.

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