10 Aug The Technique to Caring for Your Teeth
Are you brushing your teeth the way that is recommended by dental hygienists? Below are the four steps to insure you are not missing anything when caring for your smile at home.
- Start by Flossing
By flossing at least once a day you will be able to reach the places you cannot reach with your toothbrush. Flossing before you brush is preferred as it will then allow the tooth brush to reach more when you do go to brush.
- Then Brushing
This should be done at least twice a day; once after breakfast and one before bed. To thoroughly brush – bush for two minutes gently at a 45 degree angle in circles. Brushing helps remove plaque and food build up which if not removed will create something called ‘tarter’ on your teeth. Tarter, which is hardened plaque, forms after 24-48 hours. This cannot be removed by your toothbrush and would need to be removed by a dental hygienist. When tarter is left on your teeth it can cause periodontal disease which is advanced gingivitis.
- Cleaning your tongue
Using a scraper on your tongue can prevent bad breath by removing bacteria.
- Lastly use your Mouthwash
Using mouth wash twice daily after you brush will clean the areas we do not brush; such as cheeks and the roof of the mouth.
Hygienists can also help guide you in where you are missing when you are caring for your teeth. It is very important to go for regular dental hygiene visits as a preventative measure to help maintain healthy teeth and gums!