Brushing and Flossing in Myrtle Beach, SC
It is very important to practice good dental care habits at home to make sure that your smile stays healthy. Taking care of your teeth and gums should include brushing your teeth at least three times every day, flossing at least once every day, and maintaining a balanced diet (avoiding foods with lots of sugar). We also encourage regular dental checkups and cleanings every six months at our Myrtle Beach dental office.
Why is Brushing and Flossing Important?
Brushing and flossing properly can prevent plaque, a clear film of bacteria that sticks to your teeth. After you eat, the bacteria break down sugar on your teeth into acids that eat away tooth enamel, causing holes called cavities. Plaque also causes gingivitis, which is gum disease that can make your gums red, swollen, and sore.
How Should You Brush and Floss?
How to Brush Your Teeth:
- Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums.
- Brush gently in a circular motion.
- Brush the inner, outer, and chewing surfaces of each tooth.
- Use the tip of your toothbrush to reach the inner surface (behind) of your front teeth.
How to Floss Your Teeth:
- Wind about 18 inches of floss around your fingers. Most of the floss should be wrapped around one finger; as the floss is used, the other finger takes it up.
- Use your thumbs and forefingers to guide about one inch of floss between your teeth.
- Holding the floss tightly, gently saw the floss between your teeth. Then curve the floss into a C-shape against one tooth and gently slide it beneath your gums.
- Slide the floss up and down, repeating for each tooth.