Most likely you’ve heard that you should be brushing and flossing your teeth daily. However, should brushing come before flossing or vice versa? According to recent studies, researchers have found that flossing before brushing may be the most effective way to remove dental plaque. This sequence also makes your tooth enamel stronger by increasing the fluoride concentration delivered from toothpaste. Read on to learn more about brushing and flossing from Dr. Christopher Murphy and Dr. Lisa Peter Howard at Southern Maine Orthodontics.
It’s important to know that you are a very important participant in keeping your oral health in tip top shape. You have to take care of your teeth beyond going to the dentist and orthodontist. Especially when you are in orthodontic treatment, it is crucial that you make your oral health a priority. While orthodontic appliances don’t cause oral health issues, they can create spaces that are difficult to clean. Additionally, when plaque and food accumulate around your braces it can lead to permanent white marks, cavities, swollen gums, bad breath, and periodontal disease.
Here are some steps you should follow each day to keep your teeth clean and healthy:
- Brush your teeth for two minutes at least two times a day
- Floss at least once a day, ideally before you brush your teeth
- See your general dentist every 4-6 months for cleaning and check-ups
- Avoid sugary foods and drinks that can contribute to decalcification and tooth decay
Not maintaining a proper oral hygiene routine puts you at risk for poor oral health. We are here to help you keep your teeth healthy and your smile shining bright. Please contact our office with any questions you may have about oral health.