Brushing And Flossing The Right Way

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Each day, every member of your family from the youngest to the oldest, needs to brush and floss. These actions are essential for not only keeping your breath fresh and teeth bright, but avoid tooth decay and periodontal issues. However, to do so you need to care for your smile properly! In today’s blog, your Livonia, MI, dentist will talk about brushing and flossing the right way.

Picking Your Toothbrush

For babies, you may find options that fit over your finger and allow you to gently clean their first primary teeth. For toddlers, there are age-appropriate toothbrushes that are easier for you to use, and for your child to practice using too. For older kids, teens, and adults, electric or manual toothbrushes are equally good, as long as you’re cleaning the teeth for at least two minutes when you wake up and then again before going to bed. Try to pick one with soft bristles, as many people who brush too rough with medium or hard bristles risk inadvertent enamel damage and tooth sensitivity.

Your Toothpaste Matters!

For babies, you can use an option that is fluoride free. However, for toddler and everyone older, using a fluoride toothpaste is essential for avoiding the onset of cavities, as this strengthens the outer enamel. Children should use a rice-sized blot, and adults a pea-sized blot. Make sure your toothpaste contains this essential ingredient. You can look for it on the packaging, or look for the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance.


As soon a we have teeth sitting by each other, we need to floss. When we do so, we move the food particles caught between the teeth or along the gum line, which are often beyond the reach of a toothbrush’s bristles. Whether you use a pick or tape, you need to clean between your teeth every evening.

Better Oral Health Habits

You also help by enjoying a healthier diet and drinking more water, which keeps the smile clean and provides vital nutrients. You should also schedule a checkup and cleaning visit every six months, so we can remove all plaque and tartar and also keep an eye out for the earliest warning signs of trouble. Between care at home and in our office, you and your family can enjoy bright, healthy, and strong smiles for years to come. If you have any questions, then please contact our team today.


The actions you take each day to protect your smile could prevent issues like tooth decay and even gum disease. For more information on keeping smiles healthy at home, then call the office of James Stewart, DDS in Livonia, MI, today at (734) 425-4400.