Brushing one’s teeth is an important part of oral hygiene. It prevents the build-up of tartar and can prevent cavities and gum disease. Dental palque is a film of bacteria that builds up on the teeth everyday. The aim of brushing is to remove plaque on a daily basis. Mouthwashes can also help but will not be a substitute for regular effective brushing.
This animation shows you how to brush with a manual brush.
Many people find it easier with an Electric Toothbrush.
Actually, it doesn’t matter so long as you do the job right. Technique is more important. Not everyone has equal manual dexterity and some people will manage better than others. However it is true to say that if someone is struggling to get their teeth free of plaque with a manual toothbrush, usually they will fare better with an electric toothbrush. You must ask your dentist or hygienist for advice first.
Cleaning between teeth is often forgotten and is essential to prevent Gum (Periodontal) Disease. Flossing plays an important role in this. Proper flossing technique is shown below.
|Use about 18" of floss, leaving an inch or two to work with.|
|Gently follow the curves of your teeth.|
|Be sure to clean beneath the gumline, but avoid snapping the floss on the gums.|
Using TePe Brushes instead of floss is sometimes easier but you must ask your dentist for advice first.
TePe brushes in use
Using TePe brushes