Brushing your teeth is the most common preventive measure you can do to reduce plaque that can cause tooth decay. How often should we brush our teeth? The answer is based on complete plaque removal rather than the number of brushings per day. Be cautious about the potential damage that may be caused by vigorously scrubbing the teeth. Overtime this may cause abnormal abrasion (wear) of the tooth structure, gingival recession and exposure of the root surface. Here’s the tips on how to brush your teeth properly:
• Place the head of the toothbrush where the gums and teeth meet.
• Roll the bristle from the gums toward the crown and brush it down. Move the brush to the next tooth and repeat the same motion.
• Place the brush horizontally at the back of the teeth. Keep the bristles in one place and move the brush back and forth.
• Hold the brush vertically at the back of the front teeth and make gentle strokes back and forth over each tooth.
• Place the brush on the chewing surface and move the brush back and forth or in a circular motion. Repeat this process to reach and clean all surfaces of upper and lower teeth.
Removing plaque from between the teeth is a critical part of your good oral health. Dental floss is the most effective way for most people to remove plaque from between the surfaces of the teeth and reduce inter proximal bleeding. Dental calculus occurs at every age and on both permanent and primary teeth. Calculus plays an important role in the progression of periodontal or gum disease. We encourage each of our patients to develop a habit or a goal to thoroughly remove plaque at least once daily. Flossing regularly can help prevent having periodontal disease.
Tips on how to floss properly:
• Cut a length of floss about 18 inches long.
• Wrap excess floss around the middle fingers of both hands, leaving 2-3 inches in between.
• Stretch the floss tightly between the thumb and index fingers.
• Pass the floss gently between the teeth. Curve the floss into a “C” shape against a tooth and slide it gently into the space between the gum and tooth.
• Move the floss up and down again on the other side of the tooth.
Repeat this whole process on each of your teeth. You might experience bleeding at first but as you floss regularly the bleeding will eventually go away.
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