Our society has taken great strides in improving dental health. This is, in part, due to the ease of spreading information. We can reach students in school, but we can begin earlier than that with advertisements on television and the internet. Due to this ability to inform our society, you, no doubt, have heard that brushing and flossing are good activities that prevent cavities. However, there is a lot more to it than that. We’ve put together some little known facts about your oral hygiene routine that we hope you will find beneficial.

1) Floss Removes 40% of Bacteria

You knew flossing was important, but did you realize that it removes almost half of the bacteria from the surfaces of your teeth? Floss before your brush to loosen and remove bacteria before brushing it away completely.

2) To Brush Correctly Means at Least Two Minutes

To really cover every surface in your mouth thoroughly, you should brush for at least two minutes per session. This also allows the fluoride in your toothpaste more time to benefit your teeth.

3) Not All Mouthrinses Are Created As Equals

If you want a mouthrinse that will truly benefit your teeth, you need to grab an antibacterial or antiseptic mouthrinse. This is the only kind that will actually remove bacteria from your mouth.

Improving your oral hygiene is sometimes just a matter of knowing better. Once you realize the work that those simple cleaning tasks are doing, it makes it easier to complete those tasks. Contact us today to set up your next exam and cleaning. We’d love to help you get a happier healthier smile!