Most of us learned how to brush our teeth at a very young age and have continued our daily routines throughout our lives. However, brushing your teeth correctly isn’t instinctive. Here are a few pointers:
· When brushing tilt your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle against the gumline and sweep away from the gums. Brush the chewing surface with short back-and-forth strokes. Don’t forget to brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen breath.
· Brush at least twice a day.
· Brush for at least two minutes.
· Brush Lightly – When plaque attaches to the teeth it usually can not be removed by rinsing alone. A little light brushing will remove it if you commonly brush. Brushing too hard can cause you gums to recede.
· Change your toothbrush regularly – As soon as the bristles of the toothbrush begin to flare, consider finding a new one. Also if you’ve had your brush for 3 months its time for a new one.
Flossing is critical to having healthy gums, but many people forget to take the time to do it. It’s never too late to improve your oral hygiene. Here are a few pointers:
· Wrap the floss around your middle fingers so you can use your index finger to guide it into the crevices. Gently follow the curves of your teeth.
· Floss at least twice a day.
· Take your time – Flossing takes a certain coordination and time. The more you do it, the easier it will become.
· Use plenty of floss – Be sure to use enough floss so that each time you scrape a tooth you are using a new section of floss. Remove all the food and debris.
Choosing the Right Toothpaste:
When trying to maintain oral health it is important to use a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Fluoride has been proven to protect against the decay of your teeth. A few tips:
· Look for the ADA seal of acceptance and read the details to see if it meets your needs.
· Choose a toothpaste that tastes and feels the best to you.