MAINTENANCE OF ORAL HYGIENE

BRUSHING TECHNIQUES

How to Brush

What Is the Right Way to Brush?
Proper brushing takes at least two minutes — that's right, 120 seconds! Most adults do not come close to brushing that long. To get a feel for the time involved, try using a stopwatch. To properly brush your teeth, use short, gentle strokes, paying extra attention to the gumline, hard-to-reach back teeth and areas around fillings, crowns or other restoration. Concentrate on thoroughly cleaning each section as follows:

  • Clean the outer surfaces of your upper teeth, then your lower teeth
  • Clean the inner surfaces of your upper teeth, then your lower teeth
  • Clean the chewing surfaces
  • For fresher breath, be sure to brush your tongue, too

Tilt the brush at a 45° angle against the gumline and sweep or roll the brush away from the gumline.

Gently brush the outside, inside and chewing surface of each tooth using short back-and-forth strokes.

Gently brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen breath.

When to replace your Toothbrush

How often should I change my toothbrush?

  • Preferably every 3-4 months
  • When the bristles are worn out
  • After any type of illness including a cold, flu, mouth sore,etc

Why should I change my toothbrush that often?

Toothbrushes are harbors for bacteria. If not cleaned effectively, microscopic bacteria can reside in your toothbrush. Also, after time and after several uses, toothbrushes lose their effectiveness. Once the bristles begin to wear down, they are not as efficient at cleaning plaque and removing food and other debris from your teeth

Additional toothbrush tips

  • Be sure to thoroughly rinse your toothbrush with warm tap water after each use to effectively clean it
  • Let your toothbrush air dry after each use. Do not store it in a travel case (unless you are traveling of course).
  • Also, be sure to use soft or medium bristles. Using a toothbrush with hard bristles can actually do more harm than good!!! Toothbrushes with hard bristles are only meant for denture or removable appliances only.

So, remember to pick up that new toothbrush at your next trip to the store and let’s start new with maintaining your oral health!

What Type of Toothbrush Should I Use?

Most dental professionals agree that a soft-bristled brush is best for removing plaque and debris from your teeth. Small-headed brushes are also preferable, since they can better reach all areas of the mouth, including hard-to-reach back teeth. For many, a powered toothbrush is a good alternative. It can do a better job of cleaning teeth, particularly for those who have difficulty brushing or who have limited manual dexterity. To find the right Colgate toothbrush for you.
Remember, a beautiful smile leaves a lasting impression.

FLOSSING BASICS

Oh the dreaded floss. We all know that we need to do it…everyday that is. So why don’t most people floss? It is a time-consuming task; however the benefits of flossing are MORE than worth the additional five minutes it takes to complete the tedious task.

So why floss your teeth?

  • Mouthwash and a toothbrush can’t reach every surface of your teeth! Flossing removes the food buildup and bacteria that is located between your teeth.
  • Most cavities arise from bacteria located between the teeth – This area is often overlooked. Many feel that if they can’t see it, then it isn’t a problem. However, if given the chance, microscopic bacteria can and will accumulate and begin the demineralization process of enamel slowly leading to cavities, pain, and bacterial invasion.
  • You don’t want bleeding gums do you? – Bleeding gums is a sign of inflammation! If you don’t floss regularly, you can expect some minor bleeding when you start out. But don’t quit. Bleeding gums indicates gingivitis, and even worse periodontitis. If severe enough, this will lead to recession of the gums and loose teeth. Flossing removes irritating bacteria from being allowed to infiltrate your gums and cause infection.

Proper steps to flossing

Choose your floss

Dispense the floss

Begin the flossing

Angle the floss correctly

Floss between all of your teeth

Always follow up with Brushing

  • Start off with a long strand of floss (around 15 inches or so) and wrap it around each middle finger
  • Use your index finger to guide the floss between your teeth
  • Once the strand of floss is between your teeth, follow the curvature of each tooth in an up and down motion about 2-3 times. Don’t be afraid to push the floss under the gums, this is a critical area that needs to be cleaned.
  • Remove floss and repeat with each tooth, making sure to use a clean section of the floss each time.

How often should I floss?

It’s best to floss a minimum of once a day.

I tried to floss and my gums started bleeding, should I stop? Is something wrong?

Do not stop. This is a sign of inflammation and indicates that you haven’t flossed in awhile. Continue to floss everyday and the bleeding will stop.