Although your doctor will work hard to keep your teeth clean and healthy, this will only be successful if you support your dentist by taking good care of your teeth at home. Proper brushing and flossing can prevent serious dental decay. Remember you need to rinse your mouth after brushing and after eating too - even if you haven’t brushed.
Why should you floss and brush?
Prevention of periodontal disease - this is caused by the toxins found in plaque and can result in tooth loss, gum and jawbone recession as well as potentially serious problems in other areas of the body. Preventing periodontal disease can be as simple as removing plaque and calculus with a toothbrush and from in between the teeth with dental floss.
Prevention of tooth decay - tooth decay occurs when the acids found in plaque erode the natural enamel on the tooth. Tooth decay is the main cause of tooth loss and this can be prevented by taking care of your teeth at home.
Prevention of staining - As we mentioned before, staining can be caused by smoking, drinking tea, coffee and red wine. Stains can be removed if you brush regularly.
Prevention of halitosis - food particles left on or between the teeth can cause bad breath. Again, these can be removed by regular brushing and flossing.
What is the proper way to brush?
It is best to brush your teeth in the morning and before bed.
Remember to change your toothbrush every three months not just on your birthday!
The head of your toothbrush has to be small enough to be able to clean all the areas in your mouth. US Dental Care also recommend electric toothbrushes.
We suggest that you follow the steps below when brushing your teeth:
Use small circular motions to carefully brush the teeth and gumline.
Brush everywhere! Each surface of each tooth especially the back teeth.
Do not scrape or brush your teeth too hard as this could damage your gums and tooth enamel.
Don’t forget your tongue - brush also to remove any food.
What is the proper way to floss?
This is the best way to clean in between your teeth. It can prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay To floss, follow the steps below:
Cut a piece of floss to around 18 inches long
Wrap round middle fingers of both hands so hands are 2 inches apart
Gently work the floss between the teeth towards the gums
Curve the floss in a U-shape around each tooth and gently slide beneath gum line
Gently move floss up and down to remove plaque
Your hygienist will be very happy to show you how to do this when you visit.