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Proper brushing takes at least two to three minutes. Most people do not come close to brushing that long. To get a feel for the time involved, try using a electric toothbrush with a timer or 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 then tilt the brush at a 45° angle against the gumline and roll the bristles away from the gumline.
- For a fresher breath, gently brush your tongue to remove bacteria , too.
How To Learn to Floss?
Proper flossing removes plaque and food particles in places where a toothbrush cannot easily reach, under the gumline and between your teeth. Because plaque build-up can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, daily flossing especially at night after brushing is highly recommended.
Flossing properly by following these basic steps:
- 1. Take about 30 centimetres of floss and loosely wrap most of it around each middle finger leaving 3 centimetres of floss between.
- 2. Gently slide it down between your teeth with your thumb and index fingers holding the floss taut. Be careful not to snap it down on your gums.
- 3. Curve the floss around each tooth in a “C” shape and gently move it up and down the sides of each tooth, including under the gum line. Unroll a new section of floss as your move from tooth to tooth.
Don’t worry if your gums bleed at first—this is quite common. After a few days of flossing, the bleeding should stop as their gums become healthier. But if the bleeding persists, consult your dentist.
It’s because regular dental visits are essential for the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums. You should have a regular dental visit at least every 6 months.
There are 2 parts to a regular dental visit. One part is the check-up. The other is the cleaning.
Checking your teeth for tooth decay is just one part of a thorough dental examination. During your check up appointment, your dentist will likely evaluate the health of your gums, perform a head and neck examination (to look for anything out of the ordinary) and examine your mouth for any indications of oral cancer, or diabetes. Don’t be surprised if your dentist also examines your face, bite, saliva and movement of your lower jaw joints (TMJs). During your regularly scheduled dental appointments, your dentist will also look at your tongue and throat.
Brushing and flossing help clean the plaque from your teeth, but you can’t remove tartar (harden plaque) at home. If not removed, it can irritate the gum tissue. If not treated, it can lead to gum disease.
During the cleaning, your dental professional will use special tools to remove tartar. This is called scaling.
Your dentist will then stress the importance of you maintaining good oral hygiene at home between visits.
This is because plaque and tartar can build up in a very short time if good oral hygiene is not practiced between visits. Food, beverages and tobacco can stain teeth as well.
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