Brushing and flossing is important to remove the biofilm from teeth. Biofilm is like having sand paper on your teeth, versus a smooth surface like glass. Plaque, bacteria, and debris will stick to sand paper much more readily than to glass.
Brushing and flossing removes this sand paper from teeth to keep them from collecting plaque and bacteria, which turns into decay and calculus/tartar. Removing this biofilm will prevent cavities and gum disease by not giving bacteria anything to connect to and cause degradation of the tooth and gum structures.
Brushing and Flossing: Tips for Success
Dr. Deacy and the Blue Springs Dental team recommend that patients brush their teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day.
We recommend brushing for two minutes after each meal in order to remove the excess food particles that can adhere to teeth. We suggest an electric toothbrush for the best cleaning, but regardless of which toothbrush you use, brushing along the gum line at a 45-degree angle is very important. Cleaning all surfaces of the teeth by going around the front, back, and biting surface is also very important.
Flossing should be completed once a day and a c-shaped motion should be used to reach all the way under the gums. Hugging the tooth is very important in flossing technique to get all the bacteria and plaque off the tooth surface under the gums.
Manual or Electric: Which toothbrush is right for you?
The best type of toothbrush is the one you’ll want to use! An electric toothbrush spins very fast and has a small head to mimic a dental cleaning polisher. The electric toothbrush cleans around every nook and cranny of teeth and provides a more thorough cleaning of all the teeth surfaces.
A manual toothbrush is still a good option, but we have noticed that our patients who use an electric toothbrush need much less dental work than those who use a regular manual toothbrush.