Beyond Brushing: Exploring the Importance of Flossing & Mouthwash

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Be honest, when was the last time you flossed? How about the last time you used mouthwash? While most people are strict about brushing their teeth twice a day, flossing and mouthwash often go overlooked. But these are two major components of keeping your mouth healthy. Read more to learn about why you shouldn’t skip these important steps in your oral hygiene routine.

What Flossing Does

Brushing your teeth removes bacteria and stains from the surface of your teeth, but what about the hard-to-reach areas between your teeth? That’s where floss comes in. Flossing helps you properly clean the spaces along your gumline and between teeth where food particles and plaque can accumulate. This simple act can reduce the risk of cavities, bad breath, and gum disease.

How to Floss Properly

Start by taking a long length of floss and wrapping it around your forefingers to keep it taut. Gently slide a clean section of the floss between your teeth, moving it back and forth to dislodge plaque and debris. Be sure to curve the floss under the gumline of each tooth as well!

What Mouthwash Does

Think of mouthwash as an extra layer of protection that can reach areas that even your toothbrush and floss may have missed. Mouthwash can contain helpful ingredients that kill bacteria, strengthen your enamel, and freshen your breath. There are several different kinds of mouthwash, so consult your dentist about which one is right for you.

How to Use Mouthwash Properly

Once you’ve brushed and flossed, use mouthwash as the final step of your oral care routine. Swish the recommended amount all around your mouth, making sure it reaches every area, including the back of your throat. Then, simply spit the mouthwash down the drain and enjoy the feeling of a minty clean mouth!

Professional Dental Cleanings & Exams in Elgin, Schaumburg, & Palatine, IL

A thorough at-home dental routine will help keep your smile in excellent condition between dentist visits. Schedule your biannual professional dental cleanings and exams every six months with the friendly team at High Point Dentistry. We look forward to seeing you!

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