Brushing is the first step in a good dental hygiene routine but by adding in mouthwash and flossing you're helping your teeth and gums to be as healthy as possible.
Fluoride mouthwash can be a great addition to your oral health routine but there are a few things to consider when using it, and remember all mouthwash must be alcohol free.
Don't use it to rinse straight after brushing. Although this can feel like the best time to use mouthwash it will actually wash away any residual fluoride left on your teeth preventing it from doing any further good.
Instead you might want to consider using a fluoride mouthwash at midday, after lunch for example. Just remember not to eat or drink for 30 minutes after using a fluoride mouthwash. However, if time allows it's better just to give your teeth a brush using a fluoride toothpaste after your midday meal.
Flossing is one of the most important parts of your oral hygiene routine. Not only does flossing help to dislodge any leftover food from your teeth, it can also help to remove any plaque forming along the gumline and reduce the risk of gum disease and bad breath.
Floss your teeth before brushing so that any dislodged food can be brushed out of your mouth, your dentist or hygienist will be able to show you how to floss effectively.
Step 1: Gather a long piece of floss and wrap each end around a finger on each hand leaving the length in the middle taut.
Step 2: Use the middle section and move it in between your teeth and move it up and down reaching right into the gumline each time as far as it will go.
Step 3: Move between each tooth individually and pay close attention to remove any food debris from your mouth.
There are lots of different types of dental floss such as waxed and unwaxed, floss angled to reach the back of your mouth and floss of different widths to suit different sized gaps in our teeth. Ask your dentist or hygienist which type of floss is the best for your teeth and needs.
Instead of flossing you can use interdental brushes to reach the areas in between your teeth. If you have larger gaps in between your teeth this can be especially useful. Beware using toothpicks in between your teeth as they're too hard and cause damage to your gums.
Your dentist should always be happy to advise you on the best methods of teeth cleaning for you.