Written By Kassandra Foreman / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
Keeping teeth brushed and flossed twice a day helps maintain healthy teeth and a healthy smile, but doing so correctly is even better. To brush teeth properly is to remove all the food particles and residue off the teeth using small circles on the surface of the tooth after flossing thoroughly.
Combined these methods will help deter cavities and reduce dental visits.
Have a routine to brush and floss correctly
To begin a healthy routine to care for teeth begin with flossing. This loosens build-up around the gums and from between the teeth and makes it easier for the toothbrush to remove the food particles and residue from the teeth.
The floss should be held tightly between the fingers and thumb and gently pulled between teeth. It must be done between every tooth, brought between the teeth and tugged all the way to the bottom of the teeth against the gums, then hugged around each tooth, first the tooth on one side and pulled back up, then back down to wrap partway around the other tooth and back up again.
This will remove food that is stuck firmly to the outside of either tooth and clears the way for the toothbrush to remove the rest.
Select a good toothbrush to brush and floss correctly
Once flossing has been completed, brushing can begin. Most often a soft or medium toothbrush is a good fit, as the enamel can be damaged with a harsher bristle.
Brush in small circles across the entire tooth, from the bottom of the tooth upwards to remove any build-up from along the gums. Gums can be brushed as well, helping them to release any food particles or bacteria from within the gums which are then brushed away.
Each tooth must be brushed and it should take a total of two minutes to brush teeth fully. A timer is a wonderful way to ensure you are brushing long enough, and many electric toothbrushes move in a circular motion allowing you to move the brush slowly along the gums and across the teeth but have the results of the circular brushing as well.
Rinse to brush and floss correctly
After the teeth and gums have been flossed and brushed, a rinse can help to remove any remaining particles of food or toothpaste among the teeth. A mouthwash may help to kill germs and bacteria that remain after flossing and brushing, and help to keep breath fresh.
Once a proper flossing and brushing routine has been created teeth will remain cleaner and healthier. This will shorten the time spent for dental cleanings and lower the occurrence of cavities and fillings.
It is important to pay attention to the details, to find the right tools and remain consistent. Flossing first allows the toothbrush to more easily remove the build-up among the teeth and create a clean and healthy smile.
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Kassandra Foreman has been writing freelance for five years now and enjoys learning about new things to write about. When not writing she teaches yoga and meditation with a focus on health and fitness.
Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at www.rayspotts.com.