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Brush or Floss First? The Right Order to Care for Your Teeth

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Proper oral hygiene techniques are necessary to reduce and eliminate tooth decay, bad breath and gum disease.  Knowing when to floss, when to brush and when to use the tongue scraper is necessary.  Align Dentistry offers the following advice on caring for your teeth and gums through proper brushing and flossing.

Brush First 

Brushing should be done no less that two times a day- once in the morning and once at night.  As a habit that most of us naturally perform, it is much easier to start with brushing first.  Brushing first also means cleaning the surfaces of the teeth and along the gum line.  

Clean the Tongue 

When brushing your teeth, you should make a habit of cleaning your tongue, as well.  Use a tongue scraper or brush your tongue using your toothbrush.

Floss 

Once the gums, teeth and tongue are cleaned, then it is time to floss.  Flossing helps to remove plaque, which is necessary to help fight Gum Disease and tooth decay.

Swish 

Once you have your teeth flossed, it is time to remove any plaque / debris with a good swish.  Swishing also helps to reduce gum disease.  Swishing will also help to detox and cleanse the mouth, helping to freshen your mouth, gums and breath.  Use a healthy mouth wash to help create optimal freshness.

Should You Have Advanced Gum Disease…

If you are an individual with advanced gum disease, then you must focus strongly on your oral hygiene care.  For deep pockets, use a pocket applicator to help cleanse the pockets.  This can be done before bedtime, offering a great comfort and defence to the condition.

It is essential that individuals understand the importance of oral hygiene, which should start young.  Brushing, cleaning the tongue, flossing and swishing on a daily basis is considered good oral hygiene.  Also, use products and techniques that help to enhance your oral care efforts.

For more information on dental care, or to speak with an Align Dentistry technician, please contact us at the number below.  We offer caring dentistry at affordable prices.  Please contact us at the number below, and our receptionist will be happy to answer any questions or to schedule a dental appointment. We can also be reached through our “Enquire Now” form located on our web page.

Call us at (02) 9723 5757 

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