There are a few different methods considered acceptable when brushing your teeth. Whatever method you use, take the time to brush thoroughly with a recommended toothpaste every day. We recommend the following method to help maintain your dental health and to easily get rid of plaque.
- Place the head of your toothbrush beside your teeth, with the brush tips at a 45 degree angle against your gum.
- Move the brush back and forth in short, semi-circle strokes several times.
- Brush the outer surfaces of each tooth, top and bottom, keeping the bristles angled against your gum.
- Use the same method on the inside surfaces of all the teeth, still using short back and forth strokes.
- It is important to brush the chewing surfaces of the teeth as they will be constantly in contact with everything you put into your mouth.
- You must also clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth by tilting the brush vertically and make several gentle up and down strokes with the front part of the brush.
- You should not forget your tongue, brushing it will help freshen your breath and clean your mouth by removing bacteria.
An essential part of your routine, flossing removes plaque from between the teeth; areas where gum disease can begin. It can sometimes feel a little awkward to floss. Talk to us and follow the tips below to help you feel more comfortable in maintaining your oral health.
- Wind approximately 30cm of floss around the middle fingers of each hand. Hold each end of the floss between your thumbs and index fingers, leaving about 2cm to 3cm of length in between. You should use your thumbs to direct the floss between your upper teeth.
- Keeping the 2cm to 3cm length of floss nice and firm between fingers, use index fingers to direct the floss between the lower teeth.
- Gently guide the floss between the teeth by using a zig-zag motion. It is important to remember not to snap the floss between your teeth but using a smooth and flowing motion around each side of the tooth.
- Slide the floss up and down against each tooth surface and under the gum. This may feel awkward but it is important to get underneath the tooth to clean those areas.