For Country Western music lovers, there is a popular dance called the two-step. It consists of two quick steps followed by two slow steps. It’s easy to master and leads to many different variations, but the basic pattern is invariably at the root. Similarly, a good routine of oral hygiene begins with two steps. There might be extra steps added or a variation to the sequence, but the same two steps are always at the foundation.
What is the Dental Two-Step?
Like the dance, the dental two-step is also easy to master.
Brushing — brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste helps to sweep away the plaque, bacteria, and food particles that all contribute to wear and tear on your teeth. Fluoride reinforces tooth enamel through a process called remineralization, which bolsters and evens out minor abrasions, so they don’t become cavities.
Flossing — unfortunately, brushing is not enough. A toothbrush is not designed to get in between teeth or into gum pockets, and those locations are exactly where bacteria and plaque are inclined to hide out. By stringing a length of floss between your teeth and gently scraping the sides, you remove anything trying to hide where your toothbrush cannot reach.
Variations on the Dental Two-Step
There’s really no way to change or replace brushing or flossing, the fundamental components for the dental two-step. You can floss first if you choose. Otherwise, you can add a step or two to make your dance more complete. For instance, you can add a water flosser to shoot a stream of water between your teeth and gums to help your flossing get rid of hiding culprits. Mouthwash may bring a final helping of fluoride, or just fresh, minty breath.
Don’t Dance Without Us
However, one of the best additions to your dental two-step are regular checkups by visiting the Placerville Dental Group. Think of us as your personal dental dance coaches. We help choreograph your routine, so that plaque and bacteria can’t compete with your moves. If you’d like to add a new twist to your performance, we help you figure out which ones will best suit your style. If your dance needs special attention, we go over different techniques and equipment to restore and maintain it, so you can continue to enjoy “dancing” at mealtimes!
Is it time for a dance lesson on the dental two-step? We’re at your service! Contact the Placerville Dental Group via phone or schedule an appointment here on our website. We’re happy to help you keep your dental two-step on top of the competition!