Oral health: Brush up on dental care basics

Oral health: Brush up on dental care basics

Brushing for Oral health

Here’s a look at some brushing techniques:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day

You must give enough time for brushing instead of rushing. You should clean your teeth for at least 2 minutes says the dentist in Bayside.

  • Use the proper equipment.

You must make use of fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush which can fit your mouth comfortably.

  • Practice good technique

Brush in back and forth & circular motions and remember to brush the outside, inside, and chewing surface of your teeth.

  • Keep your equipment clean.

Always rinse the brush with water after brushing. Store the brush in upright position and allow it to air-dry until you use it again.

  • Know when to replace your toothbrush

Invest in a new toothbrush every 3-4 months or replace the head of your electric or battery-operated toothbrush every 3-4 months.

Flossing for oral health

  • Don’t skimp

Break around 18 inches of dental floss and wind most of the floss around middle finger on one hand, and rest around the middle fingers on other hand.

  • Be gentle

Guide the floss between your teeth using a rubbing motion and don’t snap the floss into your gums. When the floss reaches your gum line, curve it against one tooth.

  • Take it one tooth at a time

Use the floss to gently rub the side of the tooth in an up and down motion. Unwind fresh floss as you progress to the rest of your teeth.

  • Keep it up

If you find it difficult to clean with floss, you can use an interdental cleaner such as a dental pick, pre-threaded flosser, tiny brushes that reach between teeth, water flosser or silicon plaque remover.

Other oral health care tips

Never use a toothpick or objects that can injure your gums and let bacteria in. Also use a mouthwash containing fluoride.

When to see the dentist

  • Red, tender, or swollen gums
  • Gums that are pulling away
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Bleeding gums
  • Loose permanent teeth
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold