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Brushing and flossing your teeth are the foundations of good oral hygiene. Some people also decide to add mouthwash to their oral hygiene routine. Let take a look at each of these in turn, addressing the most important points of each.

Brushing is the most well-known of the oral hygiene habits. Brushing should be done twice a day for 2 full minutes each session. Some find it helpful to set a 30-second timer for each quadrant of the mouth to ensure a complete clean.

You brush your teeth twice a day, for 2 minutes each time. But do you floss every day? Flossing serves the same basic purpose as brushing–cleaning plaque, food, and debris from teeth. But flossing does the job in areas where the toothbrush can’t. These areas include the spaces between your teeth, as well as behind the back molars. Interdental cleaning should only be done with products that are specifically designed for this purpose; talk to your dentist about interdental cleaning alternatives such as a water flosser or a specially-made dental pick.

You should accompany your brushing and flossing habits with biannual visits to your dentist. To schedule an appointment in Weston, Florida, call Dental Specialists of Weston at 954-349-4993. Drs. Llavona and Oliver, and our team look forward to seeing you!