Teeth cleaning is the most important part of oral hygiene and general health. When your cleaning your teeth you are removing plaque which prevents cavities, gingivitis and periodontitis. Frequent brushing and flossing prevents plaque, tartar and other bacteria build up. You should brush at least twice a day.
In addition to brushing you should also floss. Flossing helps present plaque on your teeth. Flossing also helps clean between your teeth which brushing may miss. Cavities almost always occur between your teeth where the food is trapped. This is also the area where your toothbrush, toothpaste and mouthwash cannot reach.
Besides teeth cleaning at home, it is highly recommended that you see the dentist every 6-12 months. Dr. Hickle will give you a routine examination which consists of x-rays and having your teeth professionally cleaning. Not only will having your teeth professionally cleaned help in the aid of preventing cavities but it can also clean external stains from your teeth and shine your teeth. In the prevention of cavities, the professional teeth cleaning will prevent cavities, clear tartar build up and prevent gum disease.
When brushing your teeth you should use a soft bristled brush and the size and shape should fit your mouth. You should use toothpaste with fluoride and also look for the American Dental Seal of Acceptance (ADA).
You can have an attractive smile and healthy teeth your entire life by following a few simple steps. These steps are as follows:
- Move toothbrush back and forth gently with short strokes.
- Brush the inside of the front teeth using up and down gentle strokes.
- Brush the inner, outer and chewing surfaces of the teeth.
- Brush your tongue to remove odor and bacterial.
When flossing you should guide the floss between teeth and use a gentle rubbing motion. You should also curve the floss into a C shape against the tooth when you reach the gum line. You need to slide gently between the tooth and gum. You will repeat this with the rest of your teeth and do not forget to do the back teeth.