The Proper Way to Brush
Your teeth should be brushed at least twice a day; ideally in the morning and before bed. The perfect toothbrush is small in size with soft, rounded-end bristles and no more than three to six months old. The head of the brush needs to be small enough to access all areas of the mouth, and the bristles should be soft enough so as not to cause damage to the gum tissue or enamel.
Here is a basic guide to proper brushing
- Place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle where the gums and teeth meet.
- Use small circular motions to gently brush the gumline and teeth.
- Do not scrub or apply too much pressure to the teeth, as this can damage the gums and tooth enamel.
- Brush every surface of every tooth, cheek-side, tongue-side, and chewing surfaces. Place special emphasis on the surfaces of the back teeth.
- Use back and forth strokes to brush the chewing surfaces.
- Brush the tongue to remove fungi, food and debris.
The Proper Way to Clean your Tongue
Thorough cleansing of your tongue is an important part of caring for your mouth and helping remove the bacteria that cause bad breath by moving particles around your teeth, gums and throat. A good tongue scraper is all you need to eliminate bacteria and help keep your mouth clean and to heighten your sense of taste buds.
Here is a basic guide to proper tongue cleaning
- Swish warm water in your mouth
- Clean the top layer with the tongue scraper with slow sweeping strokes from the back of the tongue to the front
- Apply a bit of toothpaste to the scraper and spread the toothpaste onto your tongue
- Allow it to sit for 60 seconds and then scrape toothpaste away
- Swish with warm water
The Proper Way to Floss?
Flossing is a crucial part of removing plaque from the interdental regions (between the teeth). Flossing is an especially important tool for preventing periodontal disease and limiting the depth of the gum pockets. The interdental regions are difficult to reach with a toothbrush and should be cleansed with dental floss on a daily basis.
Here is a basic guide to proper flossing:
- Cut a piece of floss to around 18 inches long.
- Wrap one end of the floss around the middle finger of the left hand and the other end around the middle finger of the right hand until the hands are 2-3 inches apart.
- Work the floss gently between the teeth toward the gum line.
- Curve the floss in a U-shape around each individual tooth and carefully slide it beneath the gum line.
- Carefully move the floss up and down several times to remove interdental plaque and debris.
- Do not pop the floss in and out between the teeth as this will inflame and cut the gums.
If you have any questions about the correct way to brush or floss, please ask our dentist or dental hygienist.