The preventative measures of brushing and flossing, if performed correctly and diligently everyday, can help to prevent nearly all forms of dental problems. Dentists recommend that patients brush for at least three minutes everyday and floss once a day. It is also recommended to use an appropriate toothbrush and toothpaste for your gums and teeth.
Brushing and flossing help to prevent the build up of plaque on the teeth and gums. Plaque is a filmy bacteria rich substance that coats the tooth enamel. The acid released from decaying bacteria erodes tooth enamel causing dental cavities which leads ultimately to tooth loss and gum disease. Brushing removes the majority of plaque and flossing gets to the harder to reach areas between the teeth and under the gum line.
As well as keeping teeth free from plaque, brushing and flossing also removes trapped food debris from between the teeth which is the cause of over 90 per cent of cases of bad breath. It is also advised by dentists that patients brush the surface of their tongue with a specially designed tongue brush.
By keeping a high standard of oral hygiene, mainly by correct brushing and flossing, you can help to have healthy teeth and gums for the rest of your life. However, it is also important that you maintain regular visits to the dentist for check ups. Even brushing and flossing cannot prevent all types of dental disease. Make an appointment with a Swindon dentist for a check up and for more information about correct brushing and flossing tips.