Brushing technique

Good oral hygiene coupled with a balanced diet low in processed sugars and acids is the simplest way to keep the dentist at bay!

The ideal manual brushing technique should focus on brushing along the gum line. This is the point where your teeth meet the gums, and is the breeding ground for tartar and bacteria.

Key areas that many people miss are the inner surfaces of the front teeth. These can be brushed with the tip of the toothbrush. Make sure you brush the chewing surfaces of your molars to clear out any impacted food. An optional brush along your tongue surface can help remove bacteria that cause bad breath.

There is no better way to prevent bad teeth than brushing teeth. It is such a basic oral hygiene procedure that everyone knows about it. The problem is when people become lazy or use improper teeth brushing techniques. The question of how to brush your teeth is an important one to answer if you don't know. Everything from bad breath to stained teeth can be prevented if you take the time to do it right.

In general, a toothbrush head should be small (1" by 1/2") for easy access to all areas of the mouth, teeth and gums. Be sure to change your toothbrush, or toothbrush head (if you're using an electric toothbrush) before the bristles become splayed and frayed. Not only are old toothbrushes ineffective, but they may harbor harmful bacteria that can cause infection such as gingivitis and periodontitis. Toothbrushes should be changed every three to four months. 

  1. On outer and inner surfaces, brush at a 45-degree angle in short,half-tooth-wide strokes against the gum line
  2. On chewing surfaces, hold the brush flat and brush back and forth.
  3. On inside surfaces of front teeth, tilt brush vertically and use gentle up-and-down strokes.
  4. Brush your tongue in a back-to-front sweeping motion to remove food particles and freshen your mouth.


Proper Flossing

Without flossing, plaque and calculus build up on teeth and underneath the gums, creating inflammation of the gums which leads to gingivitis and more serious forms of gum disease. Perhaps you notice that when you floss and/or brush that your gums tend to bleed. If so, this is generally a sign that your teeth are not clean.

  1. Wrap an 18-inch strand around your middle fingers and hold a one-inch section tightly.
  2. Always floss behind the last tooth. Unwind clean floss as you proceed
  3. Floss around the abutment teeth of a bridge and under artificial teeth using a floss threader.
  4. Ease floss between your teeth. Clean up and down several times while curving around teeth at the gum line. Don't scrub.

The main purpose is to remove the film of plaque on your teeth, not just food particles!

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