How Often Do I Need to Floss and Brush?

young blonde woman smiling while flossing teeth after brushing

While Dr. Flesher and the rest of our team offer a variety of restorative and cosmetic dental treatments that can protect and preserve your teeth, we believe that a good preventive care regimen – starting with brushing and flossing – is one of the most important things our patients can do to protect their teeth.

Whether our patients are two or 72 years old, good brushing and flossing habits help preserve teeth for years to come. Our patients often ask us what we recommend. Here are our top recommendations for brushing and flossing.

Brushing

To keep your teeth healthy and strong, you should brush twice daily with a soft-bristled brush. Replace your toothbrush every three months, and be sure you’re using a brush that fits your hand and mouth. You should spend about two minutes brushing your teeth each time.

Beware that brushing vigorously is no substitute for time! In fact, brushing with too much pressure can cause the enamel on your teeth to wear away and cause problems with your gums. To alleviate this, you may want to consider an electric toothbrush. During your next visit, Dr. Flesher can recommend the right brush for you.

Flossing

Brushing your teeth twice daily is only half the battle. Although often overlooked, flossing is just as important. It cleans the areas of your teeth that a toothbrush just can’t reach. Regular flossing helps remove bacteria that, if left unchecked, can develop into plaque and tartar and cause other problems.

The best time of the day to floss is right before bedtime. Traditional wax-coated floss is widely available. Other options such as the WaterPik and other water flossers might also be a good choice for you.

To sum it up: you should brush twice daily and floss once, preferably at the end of the day. Your brushing and flossing techniques are also important, so ask our hygienist for a refresher during your next cleaning to make sure you’re being effective. To ask any other questions or schedule your next appointment, give us a call today at (405) 563-9198.

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