Using a soft bristle toothbrush and toothpaste, always brush your teeth at least twice a day, especially before going to bed at night. To get the most out of your brushing, place the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to your gums and brush gently using small, circular motions, always ensuring that you feel the bristles on your gums. Also remember to brush the outer, inner, and biting surfaces of each tooth. After that, brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen up your breath. Always make sure that you brush for at least two minutes.
A great way to have all of the ‘hard work’ of brushing done for you is an electric toothbrush. Easy to use, they can remove plaque very efficiently. It’s simple too: place the bristles of the electric toothbrush on your gums and teeth, turn it on, and let the brush do the work.
It is also recommended to floss daily to help clean between your teeth and under your gum line. It also prevents damage to the gums and bone and prevents plaque from sticking to your teeth. Follow these simple directions to get the most out of your flossing:
- Take 12-16 inches of dental floss and wrap it around your middle fingers, leaving about two inches of floss between your hands.
- Using your thumbs and forefingers to guide the floss, gently insert the floss between teeth using a sawing motion.
- Curve the floss into a “C” shape around each tooth and under the gum line. Gently move floss up and down, cleaning the sides of each tooth.
If you have any difficulty using floss, try a floss holder. Waxed floss or dentotape are the best for removing plaque, massaging the gums, and preventing decay.
Rinsing your mouth with water after brushing and after meals if you are unable to brush is important. Consult with your dental hygienist to pick the best over-the-counter product for rinsing.
Your hygienist or dentist may recommend other dental aids such as:
- Interdental brushes
- Rubber tip stimulators
- Tongue cleaners
- Irrigation devices
- Medicated rinses
- Fluoride, etc.
All can play an important role in good dental home care if used regularly and properly.
Brush your teeth at least twice a day, especially before going to bed at night, with a soft bristle brush and toothpaste. The best way to get the most cleaning out of your brushing is to place the brush at a 45 degree angle to the gums and brush gently using small, circular motions, making sure that you always feel the bristles on your gums. Don’t forget to brush the outer, inner, and biting surfaces of each tooth. Then brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath. Make sure that you brush for at least two full minutes each time you brush.
Electric toothbrushes are a great way to have all of the hard work of brushing done for you. They’re easy to use and can remove plaque very efficiently. All you do is place the bristles of the electric toothbrush on your gums and teeth and let the brush do the work.
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