The best way of oral care is to brush and floss twice a day.
This cleans the plaque accumulated on teeth and gums. Dental plaque produces acids and toxins that can damage teeth and gums. Using mouthwash can also help fight dental plaque. You can consult your dentist about the choice.
• Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for at least 2 minutes. Pay special attention to the posterior teeth as there may be more dental plaque on these teeth.
• Use a soft bristle toothbrush. While brushing your teeth, use gentle strokes to avoid damaging your gums and teeth.
• Change your toothbrush every 3 months. The worn bristles of your toothbrush will clean the dental plaque more.
• Brush your tongue to freshen your breath. Scrub from back to front with a gentle rubbing motion.
Are You Holding the Toothbrush Correctly? Here are some tips:
Hold the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to the gum line. Brush 2 or 3 teeth at a time. Move the toothbrush from the gums to the ends of the teeth.
Hold the toothbrush upright to clean the back of your upper and lower front teeth. Apply gentle strokes up and down with the tip of your toothbrush.
Using dental floss helps to protect the health of teeth and gums. Using dental floss every day cleans the dental plaque on the gum line and between the teeth.
To use the floss correctly, follow these steps:
• Wrap the floss around your middle fingers.
• Use your thumb and middle finger to guide the floss between your teeth.
• Thread the floss along the sides of each tooth, forming a "C" shape. In this way, you can place floss between your teeth and gums.
• Check your gums in the mirror while cleaning with dental floss. Your gums should be tight and pink. If it's red, swollen or bleeding, visit your dentist.
• If your gums bleed, do not stop using dental floss. Using dental floss helps your gums to be healthier and helps stop bleeding.