Regular brushing and flossing, along with dental check ups, goes a long way to maintaining good oral hygiene and providing you with a lifetime of smiles.
Was not that favorite food or drink you just enjoyed delicious? Your taste buds are satisfied and your hunger pangs are satiated, but are you aware that along with that satisfied feeling you have bacteria is instantly beginning to attach to the enamel of your teeth and starting to seep or wedge into your gum line. If you do not remove the bacteria properly, plaque develops. Plaque is a colorless, acid-producing film that causes periodontal disease. By brushing daily, you remove the plaque and lessen the chances of developing cavities or gum disease. Your most effective, first-step dental care is proper brushing. Family & Implant Dental Care can teach you proper brushing techniques and recommend specific oral care products based on your individual needs.
Family & Implant Dental Care considers your individual needs and recommends the preferred brush you should use. Most often, the recommendation is a brush with soft, rounded or polished bristles. This type of brush is less likely to injure your gums or cause damage to the surface of your teeth. As for toothpaste, you should use an amount of toothpaste that is equivalent to the size of a small pea. After applying toothpaste to the brush, position your toothbrush at a right angle where your teeth and gums meet starting at the outer surfaces. Using a small amount of pressure, brush in a circular motion several times to ensure the bristles rotate between the teeth. The same method of brushing is applicable for the inside surfaces of your back teeth. For brushing the inside of the upper and lower front teeth, use vertical strokes over each tooth, and remember to include the gentle brushing of your gum line.
When brushing the biting surfaces of your teeth, you want to use short, gentle strokes. It is the back-and-forth motion that helps to remove the food particles that you freed by correctly brushing between your teeth and near the gum line.
After brushing your teeth, you want to thoroughly rinse your mouth out to remove any plaque or food particles you loosened during your brushing. In addition, you want to rinse your toothbrush with tap water to remove any remaining toothpaste or food fragments. The brush should rest in an upright position away from other toothbrushes and be stored in an open space away from the sink and toilet. Family & Implant Dental Care cautions that worn out toothbrushes cannot properly clean your teeth and may even injure your gums; therefore, they recommend toothbrushes be replaced every three to four months or when the bristles lose their effectiveness.
When you follow the recommend method of brushing your teeth as summarized above, you are on your way to complete and effective dental care.