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Good dental health is an essential part of a person’s overall well-being and keeping your teeth and gums in top shape is the key to getting there! There are many different practices that can help you achieve and maintain good dental hygiene, such as brushing your teeth twice each day. Today, however, we will be discussing two steps that you may not realize are important: flossing and using mouthwash.  

Flossing: The Necessary Step We Love to Hate 

When it comes to taking care of your teeth and gums, simply brushing your teeth is not enough. What often goes unnoticed are the parts of your teeth that aren’t being reached by your toothbrush. To reach these spaces, you must include flossing in your daily dental routine. 

Once you make the choice to start flossing, you must also make sure you are doing it correctly. According to Dr. Benjamin Bumgardner, there is a simple technique that can be followed to ensure you are maximizing your flossing benefits. He cautions individuals to not only floss up and down between teeth but to floss beneath the gums, as well. By bending the floss to reach past where the gums meet the teeth, you can access the areas missed by a toothbrush. 

Don’t forget to include flossing in your child’s dental routine as well! Children should begin daily flossing once their teeth begin to come in contact with each other. We encourage parents to floss their children’s teeth for them until they are old enough to maneuver the floss correctly. 

Mouthwash: Rinsing Your Way to Healthier Gums  

While there are many different name brands to choose from, did you know that there are actually two main categories of mouthwash? 

  • Therapeutic mouthwashes are used to treat or reduce the risk of gum disease. Some of these washes reach this goal by killing bacteria, while others are infused with fluoride to help fight tooth decay. 
  • Cosmetic mouthwashes exist for the sole purpose of freshening breath. These are not designed to treat any conditions or prevent future problems. 

Dr. Bumgardner emphasizes the importance of following the directions on any mouthwash bottle, especially with therapeutic mouthwashes. In order to get the full benefits of the therapeutic mouthwashes, you must rinse for the full amount of time stated on the back of the bottle. 

Children shouldn’t begin using mouthwashes until they are age seven or older. Below seven years of age, there is a higher risk of the child swallowing the mouthwash, which can be dangerous in large amounts. 

Bumgardner Family Dental Wants to Help You

Located in Carencro, Louisiana, our team provides dental services for the whole family, from children to grandparents.  We aim to help you create the smile of a lifetime, and by adding flossing and a mouthwash rinse to your daily dental hygiene routine, you will be one step closer!  

Check out the video below to hear Dr. Bumgardner’s advice and watch him give a flossing demonstration! Call us today at (337) 896-3062 to schedule your next dental checkup, and we will provide you with more helpful advice about flossing and mouthwash.