Optimal oral and dental health care starts at home. Your success in caring for your teeth will be guided by your ability to maintain a healthy diet and reducing snack foods in addition to applying appropriate brushing and flossing techniques on a regular basis.
At March Dental, we recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice at day, and ideally you should brush your teeth after every meal.
Apply a small amount of toothpaste to your brush, and place the brush on your teeth at a 45-degree angle to the gums and gently brush using small, circular motions, ensuring that you always feel the bristles on the gums.
Brush the outer, inner and biting surfaces of each tooth.
Use the top of the brush to clean the inside of the front teeth.
Brush your tongue to remove any plaque build up there and freshen your breath.
Electric toothbrushes can also be very effective in keeping your teeth clean. Simply place the bristles of the electric brush on your gums and teeth and allow the brush to do the work. If you are interested in purchasing an electric toothbrush, please feel free to talk to our dental professionals for recommended products.
Brushing alone is simply not sufficient to keep your teeth properly cleaned between visits to our office. Even electric toothbrushes cannot cover those tooth surfaces between the teeth and gums. Flossing not only helps clean the spaces between your teeth, it disrupts plaque colonies from building up, preventing damage to the gums, teeth and bones.
Take a length of floss of approximately 30cm or 12 inches and wrap it around your middle fingers, leaving about 4cm between both hands.
Using your thumbs and forefingers to guide the floss, gently insert the floss between the teeth.
Make a “C” shape with the floss around each tooth and under the gum line. Gently move the floss up and down along the tooth surface of each tooth.
As the old saying goes: “You only need to floss those teeth that you want to keep!”
After brushing and flossing you should rinse your mouth to remove any remaining debris left in your mouth. We also recommend that you rinse with water after meals when tooth brushing may not be easily performed.
There are a number of other dental aides in the market, which can assist you with home care, including: inter-dental brushes, rubber tip stimulators, tongue cleaners, irrigation devices, fluoride and medicated rinses. As always, please feel free to talk to our professionals at your next visit about what products you might want to purchase for yourself.