Many oral health issues are caused by a buildup of bacterial plaque. Plaque is a dense, colorless film, which sticks to your teeth at the gum line. Plaque is constantly forming and by brushing thoroughly, you can remove these germs and prevent bacteria from taking hold on your gums.
For starters, we recommend using a soft bristle toothbrush. When you start brushing, place the brush at a 45-degree angle when your gums meet your teeth. Move the brush in a circular motion, using small, gentle strokes. When the bristles make contact between the teeth, use light pressure without causing discomfort. After you’ve brushed the outside surface of your teeth, use the same direction to brush the inside of the back of your teeth.
When cleaning the inside surfaces of the upper and lower front teeth, hold the brush vertically. Use gentle back-and-forth strokes over each tooth, as well as the surrounding gum tissue.
The next step is to clean the biting surface of your teeth using short, gentle strokes. Regularly change the position of the brush as often as needed to reach all areas. When you’re done, rinse vigorously to remove and lose plaque.
Periodontal disease most commonly appears in hard to reach areas, like between your teeth. To avoid bacterial build-up, you should floss regularly to remove plaque from those regions. Learning how to floss properly will go a long way to improving your overall dental health so here’s what you need to do:
With such an expansive range of oral hygiene products available on the market, making the best choice for your oral health can be overwhelming. Following these suggestions will make finding the most effective product a little easier.
It’s common for teeth to become sensitive to hot and cold after a dental treatment. If you follow your normal dental care routine, this sensitivity will not last long. Lack of hygiene can cause the sensitivity to linger or become more severe. If your teeth are especially sensitive, your dentist might recommend a medicated toothpaste or mouth rinse.
Daily brushing and flossing are vital in removing dental plaque and calculus. However, a professional cleaning will reach areas you’ll frequently miss. A routine professional cleaning and regular visits to your dentist are critical in preventing gum disease. To keep your teeth healthy and clean, come to the experts at Evans Family Dental.