How to brush your teeth
Regular teeth brushing and cleaning is essential for keeping healthy teeth and gums. By doing this thoroughly will help to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
Good oral hygiene means:
- The teeth are clean and free of debris
- Gums are pink and don’t hurt or bleed when brushing or flossing
- Bad breath is not a constant problem
There are other things that can help with good oral hygiene such as mouth washing, tongue cleaning and eating a healthy diet, as this helps limit sugar intake such as surgery drinks and foods.
Oral hygiene is important as this prevents further dental problems such as:
- Dental plaque a soft whitish deposit that forms on the surface of the teeth. Plaque forms when germs/bacteria combine with food and saliva. Plaque contains many types of bacteria.
- Tartar (calculus) hardened calcified plaque. It sticks firmly to the teeth. It usually can only be removed with special instruments by a dentist or dental hygienist.
Good Oral Hygiene requires:
- Teeth brushing; brushing teeth twice a day is advised. Using a soft-tufted brush or an electronic toothbrush is best for good oral hygiene. Spending at least two minutes brushing, covering all areas is required. And it is advised that you change your toothbrush every 3-4 months.
- Cleaning between teeth; once or twice a day after brushing it is essential to clean between the teeth, as this removes plaque that’s in between. The common thing people use is dental floss however interdental brushes may do a better job.
- Food and drink; sugary food and drinks contribute to tooth decay, as well as acidic food and drink that contribute to tooth erosion. The best thing to do is to limit this type of food and drink. Brushing your teeth after an hour of eating or drinking anything especially acidic things is best advised.
If you suffer majorly from dental plaque, tartar or any gum disease then visiting a Hygienist is a must, as they will give a deep clean on the teeth as well as discuss how to floss, and explain the proper technique of brushing.
Using a Manual Toothbrush? – Here’s your guide to brushing:
- Firstly when selecting a toothbrush, look for one with a small head and one that has a handle with a comfortable grip.
- We recommend you to replace your toothbrush every 3 months.
- What’s the best toothpaste to use? Any toothpaste that contains FLUORIDE is good, we recommend using Oral-B Pro Expert Toothpaste, it’s clinically proven to protect all the areas dentists check most.
- Clean your teeth for at least 2 minutes, twice a day.
- When using a manual toothbrush it is best to be gentle and not rough as this can cause damage to the tooth enamel.
- When brushing it’s best to brush at an angle to the gums, pointing the bristles of the brush towards the gum line at a 45º angle, paying particular attention to the area where the tooth meets the gums.
- Brush the outer surface of each tooth, upper and lower, keeping the bristles at an angle at all times.
- Use the same method when brushing the backs of your teeth. To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several small circular motions with the front part of your brush to clean the area thoroughly.
- Don’t forget to brush the chewing surfaces of your teeth too, which is the bottom surface of the top teeth and top surface of the bottom teeth.
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