Why Brushing Your Teeth Is Not Enough


Brushing twice a day is not sufficient when it comes to having good oral health practices. Brushing only reaches the surface of teeth which is about 25% of the mouth. Bacteria and food can also lie along or beneath the gum line. When brushing teeth make sure the brush is angled at 45 degrees and brush in a side to side fashion.

Flossing can help reach areas in the mouth that a toothbrush cannot. It is recommended that flossing be done before brushing. That way whatever food and bacteria can easily be brushed away by the toothbrush later. When you floss maneuver it around the teeth while moving it up and down being conscious to not rub your gums roughly.

Using mouthwash also aids in maintaining oral health. It can be seen as the cherry on top of flossing and brushing. This is because antiseptic mouthwash helps kill and flush out bacteria that can be left in the mouth after brushing and flossing. It can also lessen the risk of getting gum disease and halitosis.

Lastly, regular dentist visits ensure that your oral health is up to par. The American Dental Association says that you should visit the dentist every three to twenty four months, and routine cleanings should be done every six months. Incorporating these habits into your oral care routine will greatly improve your oral health.