So we all pretty much know by now that we need to brush, floss and rinse at least twice a day for an effective oral hygiene routine. But what order should you do these in? We get this question all of the time at our office and it can be a bit counter intuitive at times, so let’s take a second to explain the correct order of these and why we should do them this way.
- Floss – The first thing that you want to do is to floss. The reason being is that flossing will help to break up the majority of the “stuff” in-between your teeth so that your toothbrush can then be that much more effective in removing the rest. It’s kind of like when you clean almost anything. At first you want to get the big stuff and then you can get more detailed in your cleaning once that’s out of the way.
- Brush – Now that we’ve flossed and have removed or have at least broken up the larger pieces of food, plaque and tarter in your mouth. It’s time to get down to the nitty gritty with our toothbrush. Some tips for optimizing the effectiveness of your brushing are:
- Use a Sonicare – These electric toothbrushes really take a lot of the thinking out of effective brushing, plus they can do a lot better of a job than a regular toothbrush ever could due to the technology they utilize.
- Change out your toothbrush – Whether you use a Sonicare or a regular toothbrush it’s crucial to change them out often. Using old worn out bristles can become similar to trying to cut a steak with a butter knife. Eventually, the effectiveness just wears out.
- Brush at a 45 degree angle and don’t brush too hard
- Rinse – Now that you’ve gotten the big stuff off of your teeth and have also gone over it with the “fine tooth comb” of your toothbrush, it’s time to get the remainder of what’s leftover by rinsing. In the morning you should rinse with Listerine which will help to kill the bacteria in your mouth that causes bad breath, as well as will help to eliminate even more plaque and tarter. However in the evening you should rinse with a fluoride base mouthwash such as ACT. This mouthwash is different in that it’s fluoride based and will help to rebuild your tooth enamel and therefore maintain healthy strong teeth for a lifetime.
Take these oral hygiene steps to heart and watch your smile start glowing again before you know it! Not to mention the fact that your regular check ups will go that much more smoothly with much lesser dental expenses for you long term.