Mastering the Basics: The Right Way to Brush and Floss

A radiant smile is one of the first things people notice about you. But keeping that smile glowing isn’t just about occasional visits to your dentist in Topeka, KS. It’s about mastering the basics at home – the daily brushing and flossing ritual. Jowett & Lewis Family Dentistry, with our renowned dentists Dr. Andrew Lewis, DDS, and Dr. Ted A. Jowett, DDS, are here to guide you through the essentials.

1. The Perfect Brush: Size and Bristles Matter Selecting the right toothbrush is fundamental. Opt for one with a small head to reach the back teeth effectively. Soft bristles are recommended as they’re gentle on the gums while removing plaque efficiently. Remember to replace your toothbrush or brush head every 3-4 months or sooner if the bristles are frayed.

2. Technique is Key: Brushing the Right Way Gone are the days of vigorously scrubbing back and forth. Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle to the gums, and use short, gentle strokes. Pay attention to every tooth’s outer, inner, and biting surfaces. And don’t forget to brush your tongue; it can harbor bacteria that contribute to bad breath.

3. Timing: 2 Minutes, Twice a Day Two minutes might feel like a lifetime when brushing, but it’s the recommended time to ensure every part of your mouth gets attention. Brushing after meals helps prevent acid formation and protects enamel. However, wait at least 30 minutes after acidic foods and drinks to prevent enamel erosion.

4. Flossing: The Unsung Hero of Oral Hygiene Brushing alone isn’t enough. Flossing complements brushing by cleaning between teeth where the brush can’t reach. To floss effectively:

  • Take about 18 inches of floss and wind the majority around your middle fingers.
  • Hold the floss taut with about an inch between your fingers.
  • Gently slide the floss between teeth using a zig-zag motion. Be careful not to snap the floss into the gums.
  • Bend the floss around each tooth, making a C shape, and slide it under the gum line and along each side of the tooth.

5. Opt for a Mouthwash To enhance your oral care routine, use a mouthwash. It reaches areas that brushing and flossing might miss, offering an extra layer of protection against cavities and gum disease.

6. Regular Dental Check-ups: Your Smile’s Best Friend Even with impeccable at-home care, regular visits to Jowett & Lewis Family Dentistry ensure your oral health is on track. Our Topeka-based team provides comprehensive check-ups, looking out for early signs of potential issues.

Topeka’s Guide to Oral Health

Topeka, KS, with its vibrant community, deserves dental care of the highest standard. Jowett & Lewis Family Dentistry has been at the forefront of delivering unparalleled dental services. Whether you’re new to the city or a lifelong resident, maintaining oral health is integral to overall well-being.

Our dentists, Dr. Andrew Lewis, DDS, and Dr. Ted A. Jowett, DDS, combine their vast experience with the latest techniques, ensuring Topeka residents can access top-notch dental care.

Time to Shine: Book Your Next Appointment Today!

Oral health is a journey, and every journey requires the right guidance. Let Dr. Andrew Lewis, DDS, and Dr. Ted A. Jowett, DDS, be your oral health navigators. If you’re in Topeka, KS, or the surrounding areas, contact Jowett & Lewis Family Dentistry at (785) 272-3864 to schedule your next appointment. Your radiant smile awaits!


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  3. Colgate. “The Right Way to Brush and Floss”. [Colgate Website]