Undoubtedly, the easiest way to eliminate and prevent the formation of plaque and undesirable tartar, is daily brushing and flossing.
However, it is important to be aware that misapplication can have an adverse effect.
Each mouth has its own arrangement of the teeth, and individual condition of the gums, which means that often, you have to customise the brushing technique. Our dentists and hygienists will inform you about the oral hygiene techniques that are most appropriate for your mouth and tell you the areas that require special attention. However, in general all brushing techniques are based on three steps as shown in the diagrams below.
- Tilt the brush at a 45 degree angle against the gum line and brush away from the line and towards the back.
- Concentrate on a small group of teeth using a circular or elliptical movement, never back and forth. Brush the outer and inner face of each tooth, as well as the chewing surfaces.
- Gently brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen breath, and repeat these steps after each meal and at bedtime.
This serves as a complement to brushing your teeth, as flossing removes plaque located in places that a toothbrush cannot reach. There are two systems for holding and moving the floss. In the reel method, the floss ends are gently wrapped around the middle fingers, and in the loop system, the thread is tied in circles and all fingers, are placed inside the loop. You then proceed to clean as shown in the diagrams below:
- Cut about 45cm of dental floss and reserve 3-5cm to work with.
- Gently follow the curves of the teeth.
- And slide the floss under the gums, being careful not to damage them. If they bleed, please contact one of our dentists.