Back to Basics, Part 1: Tooth brushing!

If you want to do anything in Life well, you need to have the fundamental basics covered. Brushing and flossing are the keys to a healthy smile, so with a bit of knowledge and practice - you'll be able to keep your smile shining bright. 

Read on for some helpful tooth brushing techniques and tips!

Proper brushing takes at least 2 minutes(many of us struggle to dedicate half that amount of time!). Choose a soft bristled brush, tilt it at a 45 degree angle and using small, circular motions; pay particular attention to the gum line areas, around fillings, crowns and implants e.t.c.  Don't forget the hard to reach back teeth, by closing your mouth slightly when brushing your back teeth - it can help give you greater access.

As well as cleaning the outer surfaces of your teeth, don't forget to brush the inner surfaces, chewing surfaces and also your tongue. If you find yourself "rushing through your brushing" - try playing a song or using a stop watch on your mobile, till you become more mindful of the time it takes to give your teeth a proper clean.

Remember to brush at least twice a day, in front of a mirror if you can to ensure that you're not missing cleaning any of your teeth. Keep an eye on your tooth brush bristles, a worn toothbrush won't do a good job of cleaning your teeth. So replace as needed, which is generally every three or four months. Both manual and electric powered toothbrushes can effectively clean teeth, but if you find it difficult to get a thorough clean with a manual toothbrush, you might find an electric toothbrush easier to use. 

Keep in mind that although good oral hygiene at home is very important, when you do have a buildup of hard "tartar"(also known as calculus), it cannot be removed without a professional clean. Come see us Today for a clean to get you back on track!

We can help with:

  • Visible Stains
  • Bleeding gums
  • Tartar buildup
  • Bad Breath       

Stay tuned for our next "Back to Basics" feature for tips and techniques on: Flossing!