Basic brushing tips

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June 30, 2023

Brush Your Teeth Better

Hopefully, for most people brushing their teeth is second nature. Your local dentist can advise you on the correct technique. One of the main reasons we use a toothbrush is to remove plaque bacteria that constantly grow on our teeth.

This plaque bacteria creates volatile sulphur compounds responsible for bad breath and a dilute acid which eats into tooth enamel to create cavities. As you can see, good dental care has both long and short-term benefits. Your

Dentists can offer you a dental hygiene program with professional products. Dentists recommend you brush your teeth first thing in the morning and again before you go to bed. If viable, it is also worthwhile brushing your teeth after eating. Equally as important as how often is the technique used while brushing? Common problems include not reaching all areas and also pressing on too hard.

You can purchase an electric toothbrush from your dental practice. When using an electric toothbrush, we strongly advise you to read the operating instructions supplied before first use.

The use of an electric toothbrush differs slightly from that of a manual brush, and in doing so, you will ensure optimum cleaning performance. Even if you have used other electric toothbrushes before, we recommend you check the manual, as different models may use different techniques.

Electric toothbrushes usually do much of the brushing for you, meaning you move the brush around much less and let the motorised bristle head do the work as you gently move it around your mouth. You will achieve a focused deep cleaning action with the correct pressure in all areas.

Too much pressure or brushing for too long can lead to various problems, including damage to the gums, onset of gingivitis, and damaged teeth enamel. Using an electric toothbrush such as the Braun Oral-B or Sonicare range allows you to regulate the brushing time and pressure applied using a built-in timer and pressure sensor. With Sonicare, in particular, applying too much pressure is difficult due to the brushing method used.

Basic Brushing Tips

Hold the toothbrush with a finger grip, similar in manner to how you would hold a pen. Do not use a fist grip, as this could cause you to be forceful and lose brushing precision. When using an electric toothbrush, the grip will vary from model to model as the handle is of different shapes; we advise you to consult the supplied manual if unsure.

Focus on the action of the toothbrush head where the teeth meet the gums. Moving the toothbrush back and forth gently around this area will help remove the layer of germs that form plaque.

As well as cleaning around the tooth and gum boundary take time to clean every tooth surface. Remember not to forget the back of the teeth and between the gaps.

It is a good idea to clean each tooth in turn as you progress around the mouth. This will help ensure no teeth are missed and will develop a routine. Using the Sonicare ‘Quadpacer’ technology, you can easily divide the mouth into four quarters to cover all areas equally.

Your dentist or dental hygienist can advise you on how to brush your children’s teeth. If children enter the habit of having their teeth brushed at an early age, they are more likely to maintain healthy teeth. Start brushing your baby’s teeth when they appear in the mouth. Use a baby brush and a small smear of fluoride toothpaste. At this age, an electric toothbrush is not suitable, and the fine control you need may be found using a specifically designed baby’s manual toothbrush, such as those available from the Oral-B range. We suggest should you require a more in-depth explanation, you consult your family dentist.

Children under seven will need help getting their teeth fully clean as they may not fully have the physical dexterity to cover all areas of the mouth. A common technique is to stand behind them and hold the brush, guiding it with them as they brush. This will help them become accustomed to the correct brushing procedure.

Cleaning the tongue

Tongue cleansing is a quick and efficient way to help achieve and sustain a healthy, fresh mouth.

Recent scientific evidence has validated the need to practise regular tongue cleansing to help reduce harmful bacteria in the mouth.

The back of the tongue is the main focal point for most micro-organisms in the mouth, which are a major source of bad breath, plaque-forming bacteria and those associated with gingivitis and tooth decay.  It is, therefore, important to reduce these micro-organisms in all areas of the mouth, especially the tongue.  A tongue cleanser is an ideal tool to use in conjunction with a toothbrush and floss to help achieve optimum oral cleanliness.

  • 9 out of 10 people suffer from bad breath at some time or another.
  • 90% of bad breath comes from what is happening in the mouth.
  • 80% of bad breath emanates from the back of the tongue.
  • Tongue cleansing is important as it removes unwanted bacteria from the deep fissures and grooves of the tongue’s surface, helping achieve and maintain a healthy, clean, fresh mouth.
  • Using a specialist tongue cleanser is 7 times more effective in reducing odour-causing bacteria than brushing the tongue with a toothbrush.
  • Tongue cleansing plus toothbrushing is nearly 31/2 times more effective in reducing bad breath than just brushing the teeth.

The Tongue Detox has been specially designed to maximise the effectiveness of tongue cleansing.  It is lightweight, supple plastic with an ergonomically designed double handle and a unique antibacterial and mint aroma.  It is safe and easy to use, minimising the gag reflex.  The Tongue Detox effectively removes odour and plaque, causing bacteria, dead cells and food debris.  It also removes the white or brown-coloured gelatinous tongue coating that can cause bad breath.

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