Good Oral hygiene prevents the formation of plaque, a sticky film of bacteria which forms on the hard surfaces of teeth. Plaque can lead to further dental and oral problems such as tooth decay, tartar, gingivitis and periodontitis or gum disease.
Maintaining good Oral Hygiene is crucial for the health of your teeth and gums. There are a number of simple steps to maintain good Oral Hygiene:
- Brush twice daily
- Floss daily
- Eat a balanced diet and avoid snacking
- Rinse with fluoride and antiseptic mouth washes
- Six monthly regular check ups
How to Brush:
Proper brushing is essential for cleaning teeth and gums effectively. Use a toothbrush with soft, nylon, round-ended bristles that will not scratch and irritate teeth or damage gums.
Place bristles along the gum line at a 45 degree angle. Bristles should contact both the tooth surface and the gum line.
Gently brush the outer tooth surfaces of 2-3 teeth using a vibrating back and forth rolling motion. Move brush to the next group of 2-3 teeth and repeat.
Maintain a 45 degree angle with bristles contacting the tooth surface and gum line. Gently brush using back, forth and rolling motion along all of the inner tooth surfaces.
Tilt brush vertically behind the front teeth. Make several up and down strokes using the front half of the brush.
Place the brush against the biting surface of the teeth and use a gentle back and forth scrubbing motion. Brush the tongue from back to front to remove odour-producing bacteria.
How to Floss:
Flossing is an essential part of the tooth-cleaning process because it removes plaque from between teeth and at the gum line, where periodontal disease often begins.
If you find using floss difficult, ask us about the variety of dental floss holders or interdental cleaning devices that are available.
Wind 35cm of floss around middle fingers of each hand. Pinch floss between thumb and index fingers, leaving a 2-4 cm length in between. Use thumbs to direct floss between upper teeth. Keep a 2-4 cm length of floss taut between fingers. Use index fingers to guide floss between lower teeth.
Gently guide floss between the teeth. Do not snap floss between your teeth. Contour floss around the side of the tooth. Slide floss up and down against the tooth surface and under the gum line. Floss each tooth thoroughly with a clean section of floss.