Are you brushing and flossing enough? Are you using the right technique? If not, you risk not only cavities but also other health problems.
In this month’s blog we look at some of the best ways to protect your smile.
- What is the best way to brush?
It is important that you do not scrub hard at your teeth to clean them as this can cause damage to the tooth enamel and gums. You should brush for two minutes twice a day using a soft/medium bristled toothbrush. Position your brush at a 45-degree angle to your gums. Move it back and forth across one quadrant in gentle, tooth-wide strokes. Brush the outside, inside and chewing surfaces of each tooth, focusing on one quadrant at a time.
- Should I use an electric toothbrush?
The most important thing is that you brush your teeth. You will be able to achieve the same level of clean with a manual toothbrush as you would an electric one. The key factor is to find a toothbrush that is comfortable in your hand and you will use routinely.
Whatever type of toothbrush you use, be sure to replace the toothbrush or toothbrush head every three months, or sooner if the bristles the become worn or frayed to ensure that you are cleaning effectively.
- What toothpaste should I use?
Again, the type of toothpaste you use does not matter, the key point is your brushing technique. You are best buying a toothpaste that will make you want to brush and that has a pleasant taste.
- Do I need to floss?
It is important to floss or use interdental cleaning aids once a day. It may seem time consuming, but it is essential for removing food particles and bacteria trapped between teeth in areas that brushing alone misses. If you don’t floss, you risk cavities, tooth decay and inflammation.
To get the most out of interdental cleaning, do it before you brush. This will allow your toothpaste’s fluoride to seep in and strengthen enamel between teeth. Also, any plaque that is unearthed will be brushed away.
- How do I best tackle bad breath?
To keep your breath minty fresh, it is important to perform a thorough oral hygiene routine every day. This means brushing twice a day, using interdental cleaning aids and an anti-bacterial mouthwash to remove odour causing bacteria.
If bad breath lingers, book an appointment with your dentist as there may be other issues at play.