Proactive Steps Keep Your Smile Gleaming
Dental hygiene is one of those things… Everyone would love straight, bright, healthy teeth and fresh breath, but after a long day; it’s the last thing anyone really wants to do. With all that is happening in our lives today, brushing and flossing are the last thing usually on people’s minds. We will review simple and easy steps that will help your smile to gleam for years to come.
When to brush and how much?
Have you ever tried to brush for the recommended two minutes? I mean just try it’s like an eternity! If you ever time yourself for the recommended two minutes of brush time, about the time of a song on the radio you may see how quickly you too may be getting through it. It is no surprise that the average brush time for adults lasts only lasts about 30 seconds. Many of the power brushes on the market are helpful because they have built in timers going off every 30 seconds as you work your way around the mouth and timing you for the full two minutes. If the manual brush is more your style you can play a song on the radio or just by splitting up the mouth into 4 areas and spending diligent time in each one will increase your overall brush time.
What about brushing technique?
Now that length has been reviewed let’s discuss technique. Yes, I know, there actually is a technique and it is an important thing to note too. If technique is incorrect it can damage the tooth or gum tissue. When selecting a toothbrush you always would like to select the softest bristle to use. Never hard or even medium bristle brushes, they are too harsh for your sensitive tissues and enamel. Soft is best for the general population, but if you have any gum recession, where the gum is pushed up you will want to select and extra soft bristle to stop damage from happening further. Next, is technique, place the bristle at a 45-degree angle into the gum tissue. While brushing your teeth use small circular motions working the way through all the tooth surfaces of the mouth. You should never see the bristles on your toothbrush splay out like a V that means you’re brushing too hard. These simple brushing techniques can extend the life of your teeth and prevent any gum issues or decay from happening.
The importance of flossing and interdental brushing
Many think that brushing is enough, however brushing only hits the front and back of the teeth. The areas of the teeth in between still need to be cleaned. Flossing helps to dislodge any particles in between the teeth. Also, if flossing correctly, by gently gliding the floss under each gum contact in between the teeth, you are helping to stimulate and regenerate the health of the gum tissue and keeping it nice and strong. Think of flossing as the work out for your gums, by stimulating those tiny fibers under the gum with floss you are helping to strengthen them.
Starting correct habits is an easy way to improve your smile without really doing that much more. If you feel that regular brushing and flossing isn’t helping enough, request an appointment with our Dental Hygienist. You’ll be given excellent tuition on general oral hygiene and have any build up and stains removed with our Interdental Brushing – you’ll leave the surgery feeling great!
Dentists understand the need people have to make their smile a pleasant one. A nice healthy smile is your first impression you meet the world with. Make sure you are welcoming those with your best one!
June 12, 2020