The Facts About Brushing and Flossing

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You’ve probably heard that you should brush your teeth twice daily. You might have heard that you’ll need to floss every day. Doing these things can help you avoid a number of problems. Still, would you be surprised to learn that you might be able to do a few things to protect the health of your teeth?

For instance, you’ve probably been told that you should brush your teeth twice a day, but have you heard that you should also brush for two minutes every time? Furthermore, you’ll need to brush gently in a circular motion, rather than moving your brush up and down.

Of course, it’s also important to floss your teeth daily, though many people prefer to floss far more often. You should also use a clean portion of your floss between each tooth to stop germs from spreading. This means you’ll probably need at least 18 inches of floss each time. Finally, you should also use your floss to clean beneath your gumline since you can’t clean that area with your brush.

You may also think you’ll have to decide whether you’ll need to brush or floss first. In reality, neither choice is bad, though different people will make different arguments. For example, brushing after you floss might help you remove more food particles, but brushing first could let you spread more fluoride across your teeth.

If you’d like to learn more about the care you can receive from our team in Flint, Michigan, please don’t hesitate to contact Milan Sata DDS by calling 810-694-0200. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have and inspect your pearly whites for signs of trouble. Dr. Milan Sata and the rest of our team are eager to receive your call.