What are the dental care basics I need to do?
For preventing as many dental problems as possible, it is important to have a great oral hygiene routine. The basics you need to be focused on are – proper flossing and good technique brushing your teeth..
If you use the proper techniques for brushing and flossing your teeth you will go along way toward preserving your beautiful smile long into the future.
What is good tooth brushing?
You should brush your teeth at least twice each day. When brushing use a very short back-and-forth motion while holding the toothbrush at a slight angle to your teeth. Avoid scrubbing too vigorously as it may cause gum irritation.
Make sure you brush both the outside and inside of each tooth as well as the chewing surface of your teeth
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush that fits your mouth comfortably. A fluoride toothpaste will also help prevent cavities.
If you have difficulties brushing due to arthritis or other issues then you may consider getting a battery-operated toothbrush or an electric toothbrush to make the process easier and ensure you are effective in cleaning your teeth.
More advanced techniques for brushing your teeth, include developing a circular brushing motion of the bristles on the teeth and finishing the motion with a gentle flick away from your teeth so that the bristles can flick away food particles in the area between teeth. Ask your dentist or dental hygienist to demonstrate and help you with advanced brushing techniques.
What is the best way to floss my teeth?
When flossing between your teeth make sure to rub the dental floss against all sides of each tooth. Proceed slowly, one tooth at a time taking care to be thorough.
A waxed floss will help you if the gaps between your teeth is tight. Regular floss is helpful for getting sticky particles off the surface of your teeth. Scented/flavoured floss is good if you have sensitive taste buds and/or the smell or taste of food particles that are removed whilst flossing causes you to gag.
What other dental care basics are important to know?
As well as how you take care when cleaning your teeth, you need to keep your tooth brush and other oral hygiene equipment you use clean.
The storage of your toothbrush between brushings should be in an upright position to minimise its contact with any bathroom surfaces and to make sure it dries thoroughly. Before storing your brush make sure you rinse it very thoroughly.
Closed containers are not advisable for storing toothbrushes because they increase the chance of bacterial growth on the brush.
Replace your old toothbrush with a new one about every three months or sooner if you see noticeable wear and tear like fraying of the bristles. Some modern toothbrushes also have fading bristle colours to help you detect when to start using a new toothbrush.
As with brushing, flossing should be done gently. Improper flossing can injure your gums.
How To Floss
Break off about 40 cm of floss, and wind most of it around one of your middle fingers. Wind the remaining floss around the same finger of the other hand. This finger will take up the floss as it becomes used.
Hold the floss tightly (without any slack) between your two hands, with about an inch of floss between them. Guide the floss between your teeth using a gentle sawing motion.
When the floss reaches the gumline, curve it into a C-shape against the tooth. Gently slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth until you feel resistance.
Hold the floss against the tooth. Gently scrape the side of the tooth, moving the floss away from the gum.
Repeat this technique on all of your teeth, including the teeth in back.
Finish up with a good mouth rinse to help eliminate harmful bacteria and reduce the amount of plaque that may accumulate on your teeth.
Great dental hygiene will also help to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, the primary causes of unpleasant breath (halitosis).