Brushing And Flossing
HOW TO BRUSH
Dentists commonly recommend the following brushing technique
1. Place the bristles at a 45 degree angle to the teeth.Slide the tips of the brush under the gums.
2. Jiggle the bristles very gently so that the plaque growing under the gum will be removed. Be sure to brush the outside, the tongue side and the chewing surfaces of your teeth.
3. For the front teeth, brush the inside surfaces of the upper and lower jaws by tilting the brush vertically and making several up and down strokes with the front part of the brush over the teeth and gum tissues.
4. To remove bacteria that cause bad breath, use a sweeping action and brush your tongue and roof of your nought. You may take a little time to get used to this, but it’s an important .
HOW TO FLOSS
1. First, take a piece of floss about 40 – 50cm in length.
2. Wind the floss around your 2 middle fingers and grasp 1 – 2cm of floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers.
3. Insert the floss between your teeth carefully.
4. Hold the floss taught and curve it around one of the teeth.
5. Scrape the floss up and down against one tooth and then the other. The main purpose is to remove the film of plaque on your teeth, not just food particles.
6. Using a new length of the floss, continue flossing, even tooth surfaces, which have no tooth next to them.
7. Rinse thoroughly to remove any loosened particles.
By not flossing you are missing out on cleaning 35% of your tooth surface.