Dental Fundamentals: Brushing, Flossing, Mouthwash

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The fundamentals of taking care of your mouth are just that: simple. They are very easy to put into place, and with a little diligence, these habits will build the basis of a strong smile for your whole life. Here are the foundational routines to get into for a healthy smile.

Brush: Brush your teeth for two full minutes, twice a day. If you struggle to hit the full two minutes, you are not alone. Try setting a timer, then listening to your favorite music or reflecting on/planning the day. Brush the outside, inside, and chewing surfaces of your teeth. Don’t forget the inside surface of your front teeth! To brush the inside of your front teeth, tilt the brush into your mouth, perpendicular to the gumline, and use a number of up-and-down strokes.

Floss: Flossing should be done once a day, every day. Use 18” of single-filament floss, so you can use a new section of thread for each tooth. Don’t forget to floss behind your back molars! It doesn’t matter if you floss before or after you brush, as long as it gets done.

Mouthwash: Mouthwash can be a beneficial addition to the oral hygiene routine of some people, but use caution as you choose which product to use. Choose a therapeutic mouthwash with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. If you need to avoid alcohol, be sure to read the label carefully, as mouthwashes contain alcohol frequently. Do not give mouthwash to children under 6.

For more information, call Mountain Peak Dental in Hamilton, Montana at 406-363-4010. Dr. Jeff Davidson and our team look forward to hearing from you!