Hygiene Hints: Brushing from Vicki
Our Hygiene Hints:Brushing
A good oral hygiene routine practiced a few minutes a day can help reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease and tooth decay. We recommend brushing after each meal. If this cannot always be done, try to accomplish this at least twice a day; once in the morning and again before bedtime.
Think of your teeth as having three sides to clean. The chewing surface, the cheek side of the tooth, and the inner or tongue side of the tooth.
Start by placing your toothbrush at 45 degree angle by the gumline. By using small circular movements with your brush, clean all outer and inner surfaces of your teeth. Finish by cleaning the chewing surfaces of your teeth.
This process should take at least two minutes.
Dental Care Products
When choosing dental care products, look for those that display the American Dental Association's Seal of Acceptance. Unless otherwise advised by your dentist, choose a toothpaste containing fluoride, and a soft bristle manual toothbrush or an electric option.
If you need extra help controlling gingivitis and plaque that forms above the gumline, your hygienist may recommend using other antimicrobial aids as an effective addition to your daily dental cleaning routine.