As you’re probably aware a key part of every good dental health regimen involves brushing and flossing your teeth. Generally it is recommended that you brush at least twice a day and floss at least once, to prevent plaque from building up on the surface of your teeth.
However as much as brushing and flossing regularly is important, it is equally important that you use the right technique when you do so. If your brushing or flossing technique is flawed then it isn’t going to be effective, and plaque could end up building up despite your efforts.
Guidelines for Brushing
To brush your teeth effectively you need to ensure that you cover all the surfaces of every tooth, and remove plaque that may be on them. That can be a bit more complicated than it might seem, which is why there are several guidelines that you should follow:
- Always place the brush so that it is at a 45-degree angle to the gums and move it in small circular motions when brushing.
- Methodically brush the outer surface, inner surface, and then chewing surface of each tooth.
- To clean the inside front teeth (both upper and lower), use the tip of your brush in a back and forth motion.
- Brush your tongue when you’re done to get rid of excess bacteria and make your breath nice and fresh.
While technically you could use your own approach, following these guidelines will help ensure that you’re thorough. It may take some time for you to get into the right habits, but once you form them you should instinctually use the right technique every time that you brush.
Guidelines for Flossing
In contrast to brushing the objective of flossing is to remove any bits of food or plaque that may be accumulating between the teeth and at the gums. Just like brushing however, it is important that you use the right technique so you ensure that you clean these areas thoroughly:
- To hold the floss wind it around the middle fingers of each hand and grip it with your thumb and forefingers so that it is taut.
- Move the floss between the teeth in a back and forth ‘sawing’ motion to clean them.
- Curve the floss into a C-shape to conform to either side of the teeth and move it up and down to clean them.
- Repeat the process for all your teeth.
As you can imagine it will take a while to floss thoroughly at first, but it will get easier with time as well. If you have any trouble with either your brushing or flossing technique you can always ask your Swindon dentist about it, as they’ll be able to pinpoint any shortcomings and advise you on how to correct them. Considering just how important it is to brush and floss thoroughly it is certainly worth taking steps to improve your technique as it could help you to avoid many serious dental conditions in the future.