You probably know how important it is to brush your teeth daily. However, many people do not realize that flossing is equally important. Dr. Tre' DeFelice and our team stress the importance of a well-rounded dental hygiene routine. Read on for some tips for proper, thorough dental care at home.
How to Brush Your Teeth
Brush your teeth at least two times a day for at least two minutes each time. If you have trouble brushing your teeth for the allotted time, try using a timer. Your toothbrush should have a small head with soft bristles. When you brush your teeth, use short, gentle, back-and-forth strokes. Do not scrub your teeth, as this can harm your tooth enamel. Be sure to brush all surfaces of your teeth. Pay special attention to your back teeth and the backs of your front teeth.
How to Floss
We stress the importance of flossing between your teeth at least once a day. While brushing your teeth cleans the large surfaces of your teeth, flossing cleans the plaque from between the teeth. Choose whatever type of floss that you like. Use a piece of floss that is about 18 inches long. Wrap the floss around a finger on each hand until there is an inch or two left to work with at a time. Gently floss between all of the teeth. Be sure to guide the floss under the gums for a thorough clean. Use a fresh section of floss between each tooth to avoid redepositing plaque and food particles.
To learn more about dental hygiene and to schedule your next visit with our dentist in Metairie, Louisiana, we encourage you to contact DeFelice Dental LLC today at 504-833-4300.