Brushing to save your teeth for life
At Roseville Fine Dentistry we recommend that you follow these techniques to effectively remove plaque from around your teeth and gums daily:
- Brush your teeth at least twice per day (after breakfast and after dinner)
- Brush with a soft round bristle toothbrush
- Place your toothbrush where the gum meets the tooth, at a 45 degree angle (enabling you to clean under the gum line). Bacteria accumulate along the tooth at the gum line, so it is essential to focus on this area.
- Brush your gums very gently. (The correct brushing motion is a circular massaging technique along the gum line rather than vigorous brushing back and forth. Vigorous brushing can injure your gums.)
- Use a tongue scraper to clean your tongue which will remove additional bacteria and help keep your breath fresh.
- Replace your toothbrush every three to four months or after an illness, whichever comes first.
- Use toothpaste with fluoride for cavity protection.
For more brushing tips, please speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable team during your next visit.
The importance of flossing…
It is essential to floss your teeth at least once each day to maintain good dental and periodontal health. Brushing will only remove plaque from the exposed surfaces of your teeth. This leaves plaque between your teeth and can cause decay and gum disease. Flossing removes this plaque from between your teeth and therefore will prevent periodontal (gum) disease and cavities. Those who develop gum disease later in life commonly do not floss, or do not floss properly.
Flossing once a day is essential. There is an expression…You only need to floss the teeth you want to save!
For correct Flossing:
- Use enough floss to hold the ends comfortably in your hands.
- Wrap the floss around your index fingers and support it with your thumbs.
- Floss at least once a day, ideally after meals or at least before bedtime.
- Slide the floss between tooth contacts with a back and forth motion being sure not to “snap” the floss through as it may injure gum tissue.
- Once the floss is between your teeth, wrap it into a “C” shape around the surface of each tooth and move the floss up and down the tooth surface 4 or 5 times.
- Since plaque is very sticky, it is necessary to perform these steps or plaque will be left behind.
- Floss holders are available for those who have difficulty reaching the back teeth.
- Children should begin flossing as early as possible, with parental help.
Flossing is a vital component of good dental health and general health. By taking just two minutes a day to floss, you will be promoting a healthier smile and better overall well-being. Please speak to us to discuss your technique and which floss is best for you.