Improve Your Brushing and Flossing Habit with These Tips

Improve Your Brushing and Flossing Habit with These Tips

Oct 04, 2017

The most common question we hear at Hillcrest Dental Care is “what’s the most important thing I can do to keep my dental health in check?”

You may be surprise to learn that it’s a simple answer. Brush and floss your teeth at least once a day.

But we know it’s not as simple as that. Brushing instruments and techniques vary wildly among patients, so we also provide the following answers to probe deeper into the solution for a healthy, white smile.

How often should I brush and floss my teeth?

It’s recommended that you brush and floss at least once a day – although twice a day is preferred — to keep the culprits of tooth decay, plaque build-up, and periodontal disease at bay. Keep in mind, however, that for patients with existing dental concerns, Hillcrest Dental Care will customize a treatment plan that includes brushing and flossing techniques.

How often should I change my toothbrush?

Because Hillcrest Dental Care recommends using gentle brushing techniques in most instances, your toothbrush shouldn’t begin showing signs of wear and tear for several months. But when you do notice your brush bristles becoming worn, that’s the sign to replace your toothbrush.

How do I know which is the best toothpaste to use?

We know you have lots of options in toothpaste, but the single most important guideline you should adhere to is that the toothpaste you choose contains fluoride and anti-tartar control. And here’s an important note to remember. Because fluoride is so important to your dental health, Hillcrest Dental Care recommends that patients do not rinse the toothpaste from their mouth after brushing since this activity will also rinse away the fluoride. Instead, simply spit it out.

How can I control my sensitive teeth in Waco, TX and still brush as recommended?

If you experience tooth sensitivity when you brush, the first thing you should do it make an appointment with Hillcrest Dental Care to determine the cause. Although television commercials make it seem like tooth sensitivity can be treated with the toothpaste, the reality is that tooth sensitivity in Waco, TX could be the sign of deeper concerns such as gum disease and gum recession. If left untreated, you may soon experience root exposure and increased pain. One appointment at Hillcrest Dental Care will diagnose the condition and provide a treatment plan so your concerns – and tooth sensitivity – can be eliminated.

Make an appointment in our friendly and conveniently located Waco, TX dentist office today!