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ARE YOU BRUSHING THE CORRECT WAY?
It is often overlooked but very few patients have had a dental professional show them how to brush their teeth.
Our brushing lessons often start when we are children, often taught by our parents who learnt to brush their teeth from their parents. Brushing your teeth whilst a very simple thing to do, can often be challenging if the correct tooth brush and technique is used.
Correct your brushing technique and you are 75% of the way to having great oral health. Flossing and Interdental cleaning makes up the rest.
When brushing your teeth it is important to start with a brush that is not too big and has an appropriately firm head - a medium or soft head is a good place to start.
Brushing with a manual toothbrush is different to an electric one, so be mindful of this and be sure to look at our links below to suit your oral care routine.
S3 Dental recommends a Fluoride toothpaste, as fluoride has been clinically proven to prevent dental decay. The safe use of flouride in dental toothpastes can be confirmed by the oral health foundation. Information can be found here.
The video below gives an example of how you should brush your teeth.
CAN YOU DO THE FLOSS?
Flossing between your teeth is a great way to remove food and plaque trapped between the teeth in hard to reach areas with your toothbrush.
Brushing your teeth alone will not remove all the plaque between your teeth, so flossing regularly can help prevent the build up of plaque and tartar in areas around your mouth.
Interdental cleaning is the final part of maintaining good oral hygiene. Using interdental brushes you can get a finer clean under the gums using small wire brushes. These brushes can be bent into shape to allow you to get to hard to reach areas.
They come in a variety of sizes and you will often need a selection of interdental brushes to cover all areas of your mouth.
The video below provides an introduction into interdental cleaning.