Proper Brushing And Flossing

Proper Brushing And Flossing

A fresh breath and a bright radiant smile goes a long way in creating a good first impression.  Hence, it’s important to inculcate good habits to maintain good oral health from a young age.  Good oral hygiene and dental health can be achieved through everyday care using proper brushing and flossing techniques.

Toothbrushing Technique

  1. Always us a soft toothbrush
  2. Use a fluoride toothpaste
  3. Brush at least twice a day for at least two minutes
  4. Don’t apply pressure.  Instead let your toothbrush do the work
  5. Place brush at 45 degree angle to the gum and use gentle circular motion at the gumline
  6. Brush the outside surfaces and the inside surfaces of all the lower teeth
  7. Brush the outside surfaces and the inside surfaces of all the upper teeth
  8. For the chewing surfaces, use a firm back and forth motion
  9. Next, use dental floss to clean where your toothbrush can’t reach.

Flossing Technique

  1. Take about 50cm of floss and wind the ends around the middle or index fingers
  2. Grip the floss firmly with the index finger and thumb
  3. Guide the floss between the teeth using a gentle sawing motion.  Be careful not to snap the floss onto the gums.
  4. Gently scrape each tooth using an up and down motion but be careful not to snap the floss onto the gums.

 

When to brush your teeth?

At least twice daily, in the morning and at night before bedtime would be ideal. 🙂

Also recommended to brush after eating sugary foods, acidic drinks, food or drinks that stain your teeth (such as tea or coffee) or food with strong smells!  Smiley Face Wink

 

Plague Disclosing Tablets

Want to find out if you are brushing and flossing your teeth correctly before it’s too late?

Disclotabs by Colgate ® are plague disclosing tablets that help monitor plague removal.  Using disclosing tablets  help you see plague and improve your brushing and flossing.  Disclotabs are safe and simple to use for adults and children.

Reminder:  Visit the dentist every six months. 

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