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Why is Flossing so Important?

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Woman Flossing Her TeethYou always hear from dentists that you need to brush AND floss. But why? Isn’t brushing enough? At The Center for Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry in Chesapeake, we’d like to explain a little bit about why flossing is such an important part of your oral health.

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), flossing at least once a day is necessary to maintain optimal oral health. Why? Flossing helps you successfully remove plaque and bacteria from in between teeth where a toothbrush can’t reach.

While a toothbrush is great for cleaning the surfaces of teeth, when you pair proper brushing with a daily flossing routine, you’re not only removing plaque before it can harden into dangerous tartar or calculus, you’re also reducing your risk of cavities and gum disease. With the number of dangers directly related to gum disease (heart disease, strokes, even some cancers), flossing is something you shouldn’t ignore.

Flossing Tips for Healthy Gums

  • Floss before brushing your teeth

  • Glide the floss in between each tooth using a sawing motion

  • Angle the floss in a “c” shape around the tooth and slightly below the gumline

  • Repeat on the opposite tooth

  • Unravel the floss from your fingers, supplying fresh floss for each set of teeth

  • Finish up with a proper brushing

When you first start on a daily flossing routine, you may experience some discomfort. However, it’s really important that you don’t stop. If you’re still experiencing discomfort after a week or two, call your dentist in Chesapeake immediately.

If you’re due for a checkup, are experiencing discomfort during flossing, or are in need of a professional cleaning, we can help. Call The Center for Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry to schedule your appointment today.

Tips for Proper Brushing

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Brushing your teeth is something we all learn to do at an early age, and is even considered fun in the beginning. However, over the years, we become so used to brushing our teeth that we have a tendency to not really pay attention to how well we’re doing it. This could lead to a less than optimal clean and put you at risk for dental problems. At the Chesapeake dental office of Dr. Tanya Brown,we want everyone to know that it’s not only important to brush your teeth, but to also make sure that you’re doing it properly.

Although we’re always happy to hear that our patients are brushing their teeth twice a day, we also want them to know that an incorrect technique can leave teeth exposed to harmful plaque and tartar. Proper brushing helps you successfully remove these oral health dangers along with other harmful bacteria, and helps protect against cavities, gum disease and bad breath.

We recommend brushing at least twice day, in the morning and before bed, and also following our proper brushing techniques, which include:

  • Aiming your bristles at a 45-degree angle to reach under the gum line

  • Using soft, circular strokes instead of horizontal ones to avoid abrasions

  • Cleaning your entire mouth including front, back and chewing surface of each tooth and your tongue

  • Making sure that each brushing session lasts for at least two minutes

No matter how perfect your technique may be, it’s still very important that you visit your Chesapeake dentist for routine checkups and professional cleanings. If you’re due for a checkup or cleaning, give The Center for Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry a call to schedule your appointment today.