Brushing and Flossing

Home Tooth Care

No home treatment is effective if not done correctly and habitually. Thus, you need to brush your teeth and use dental floss on a regular basis, after each meal, at least twice a day. The key is not only regularity, but also accuracy. Here’s what you should do.

The use of Dental Floss

In order to correctly use dental floss, you need to wrap it on your pointing fingers and place it between your teeth. Then you need to draw it up, down and on sides against each tooth’s surface to remove food and dental plaque on the teeth and under the gums.

Brushing

These days, many people use electric tooth brushes, like Sonicare. Irrespective of the type of tooth brush, you need to hold it at a 45 degree angle from the tooth surface. Brush gently, but firmly, using vertical movements along each tooth: from the gums to the top of the teeth. Also, brush the surfaces used to chew food. Clean your tongue to reduce bad breath. And don’t forget about the inside surface of your teeth. Brush it, following the same vertical movements.

When brushing, it’s important that you use fluoride toothpaste. This helps your teeth, especially the enamel by mineralization, and it fights against cavities by reducing bacteria in your mouth cavity. It can also stop the formation of superficial cavities.

Antibacterial mouthwash has a similar effect. Rinse regularly. Please consult your dentist for any additional questions.

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