Oral Hygiene Basics

Oral Hygiene is the most important part of maintaining good oral health. Practicing good oral hygiene can prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

Teeth Brushing Basics

When it comes to brushing your teeth, a surprising number of people do not use the correct techniques, which are needed to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Here is a quick guide to the basics of brushing.

Brushing your teeth at least twice a day, one in the morning and once before bed, is essential for maintaining good oral health.  If possible, brushing after lunch will prevent food and bacteria from building up after a meal. Flossing properly at least once a day to clean between your teeth ensures that all surfaces of the teeth stay plaque free.

This might sound like a lot of time and effort, but it can certainly prove to be worth it. Brushing and flossing are the best ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Brushing for at least two minutes per session ensures that you are spending sufficient time removing accumulated plaque, in order to keep your teeth clean and healthy. Avoid using a hard-bristled toothbrush, which can be damaging to teeth and gums. Brushing your teeth in a correct manner is also important.  There are various methods for brushing, some are more effective than others. It is important to remember that no matter which method you use, plaque removal is the main goal.

Here is an example of a commonly used method. Apply a thin line of toothpaste to the bristles, and angle the head of the toothbrush against your teeth at approximately 45 degrees. You will then want to move the brush in small, circular movement on the surface of each tooth or a short back and forth stroke. When you are finished brushing your teeth, remember to brush the dorsal surface of your tongue. The top surface of the tongue is ideal for harboring bacteria responsible for causing bed breath, tooth decay and gum disease. No matter which method you use remember to brush gently (do not apply excessive pressure toothbrush), as this can lead to recession of the gums as well as increased sensitivity of the teeth. Excessive pressure can also lead to accelerated wear of the outer portions of the teeth. Flossing before brushing allows for the plaque and debris collected between teeth to be loosen up and be brushed away.