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How often should I brush & floss my teeth?

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When it comes to the proper care of your teeth and protecting your oral health, you will need to keep up with routine care. Today, our Langley dentists share some advice about how often you should brush and floss your teeth and when to see us for routine exams and cleaning.

Preventive hygiene plays an important role when it comes to maintaining good oral health. Routine visits to our dental office for professional cleanings should be combined with regular at-home dental care.

Brushing and flossing are vital for removing germs and plaque that can contribute to gum disease and tooth damage. Your dentist will remind you of this at each visit.

Our Langley dentists will discuss how often you should brush and provide recommendations on good technique in this post.

Reliable Brushing & Flossing Techniques

If you use these procedures consistently, you'll be on your way to superb dental health.

Clean each tooth's surface, including the chewing surface, cheek side, and tongue side. Brush at a 45-degree angle with a sweeping stroke. Use a downward sweeping motion on the top teeth. Use an upward sweeping motion to reach your lower teeth. Only brush the chewing surfaces back and forth.

Brush your teeth for two minutes after each meal (no more than four minutes). Brush your teeth at least 30 minutes after eating. We recommend brushing at least twice a day and always before going to bed. You could try setting a timer to ensure that your brushing routine is lengthy enough.

Floss your teeth at least once a day, preferably before you go to bed at night. When you floss, you remove food accumulation and debris from between your teeth that cannot be reached by your toothbrush. Insert the floss string between your teeth and run it up and down the sides of each, forming a "c" shape in both directions. Take your time and floss between all your teeth.

Professional Dental Cleanings & Exams 

Visiting your dentist for a dental cleaning and checkup every six months is critical to preserving your oral health.

Your dentist has the instruments and experience to remove tartar and plaque buildup that at-home brushing and flossing cannot.

If you visit your dentist on a regular basis, he or she will be able to discover dental problems in their early stages and treat them before they worsen.

The untrained eye (even the patient's own eye) often cannot detect cavities, gum disease, cysts, and even tumours in their early stages. Therefore, it is critical to have a dental professional regularly examine your mouth.

Are you due for a routine dental hygiene cleaning? Contact our Langley dental office today to book an appointment.

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