To keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible it is essential to maintain good oral hygiene. Plaque can develop, even without eating. It is a soft, sticky and almost invisible layer of protein and bacteria on your teeth, which if left alone can develop into a build-up of tartar (or calculus) above and below the gumline. This hardened layer can lead to development of cavities and gum disease if not removed by your dentist or dental hygienist.
To avoid the build-up of plaque it is very important to brush your teeth regularly, preferably twice a day for at least two minutes. But are you brushing correctly?
Know the right way to brush
Many people aren’t brushing their teeth effectively, and as a result suffer from tartar build up despite brushing for the recommended twice daily for two minutes. There are several methods, but the most important thing is to not miss a spot. We’ve offered some pointers below to try and help:
Brushing your teeth with a non-electric brush
One of the best methods to brush your teeth is as follows:
- Put your brush on your gum at a 45° angle and move it up and down. Don’t press too hard, be gentle with your soft tissue.
- Brush the outside surface of all teeth this way, top and bottom.
- Brush the inside of your teeth in the same way. To reach difficult spots, try and keep your brush in a vertical position and move from top to bottom.
- Next brush your molars.
- Don’t forget to brush your tongue. This will help prevent bad breath.
Make sure you don’t miss a spot and to brush for at least two minutes twice a day.
Brushing your teeth with an electric toothbrush
- Put the brush on the line between your gum and teeth.
- Don’t use too much pressure, be gentle, your mouth contains soft tissue.
- Hold the brush on every tooth for a few seconds. Don’t forget: an electric brush does the work for you.
- Continue until you have brushed all of your teeth, front and back.
Cleaning between your teeth
Both electric and non-electric toothbrushes cannot reach the gaps between your teeth. To prevent inflammation and plaque we advise you use additional tools for daily inter-dental cleaning, such as:
- Interdental Brushes
- Water flosser
Further instructions can be provided by your Dental Hygienist or Dentist.