How to brush your teeth

September 18th, 2010

It is astonishing that the majority of adults do not know the correct method to clean their own teeth!

The effects of not brushing, may in the long term lead to plaque build-up, tartar or calculus, bleeding gums (gingivitis), bad breath (halitosis), gum diseases, tooth decay, tooth discolouration and ultimately tooth loss!

To keep your dental problems to a minimum, READ ON

  1. Use a medium-bristled tooth brush. Avoid a hard brush to prevent your gums receding.
  2. Use a Fluoride toothpaste.
  3. Hold the brush on the teeth at approximately 45 degrees to the gums, using circular motions to clean ALL surfaces of the teeth.
  4. The gum line is where the tooth enters into the gum. Concentrate on brushing this area, as this is frequently missed.
  5. If you have neglected your teeth and gums lately, your gums may be inflamed. If you now start to brush properly, the gums may bleed, however persevere and this should improve over a few days. It is important to tell your dentist that your gums are bleeding.
  6. Remember to clean your tongue. You may use a tongue scrubber or you simply use your tooth brush. This will help to reduce bad breath.
  7. Brush twice daily for 2-3 minutes.
  8. Inter-dental cleaning aids are available such as floss and Tepe brushes.

Come to Stoke Road Dental Practice to find out more.