Teeth Brushing | Dental Dilemmas | Bury Times | 9th July 2015

Teeth Brushing: Dr Imran Chhadat Answers your Dental Dilemmas

Teeth Brushing | Dental Dilemmas | Synergy DentalBrushing your teeth is vital for maintaining good oral health.  However, many people do not brush often or even long enough and therefore risk problems forming such as tooth decay and gum disease caused from the build up of plaque.

  • You need to brush your teeth for at least two minutes last thing at night, just before bed and on one other occasion every day.
  • When you brush, make sure to target the inside and outside surfaces of the teeth at a 45-degree angle using short, half tooth-wide strokes.
  • On the chewing surfaces of the teeth, make sure to hold the brush flat and then brush back and forth.
  • When it comes to the inside surfaces of the front teeth, turn the brush vertical and use gentle up and down strokes.
  • To get the best results, you should spend at least 30 seconds on each section, making sure to brush gently when it comes to the gum line, so as not to irritate it.
  • Finally, brush your tongue to remove food particles and odour-causing bacteria to ensure you have fresher breath.
  • When you have finished brushing, spit out the excess toothpaste, however don’t rinse with water or mouthwash as this washes away that all-important protective fluoride.
  • If you are using a mouthwash, use it a different time of day, such as after lunch.  If you are using a mouthwash that contains fluoride, don’t eat or drink anything afterwards for around 30 minutes.

Whether you are using a manual or an electric toothbrush, both can be as good as the other so long as you make sure to clean all the surfaces of your teeth properly using a fluoride toothpaste and apply the correct technique.

Don’t forget that you need to replace your toothbrush every three months as the bristles become less effective over time!

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