Back to school season is upon us so no better time for a reminder on how to brush your teeth! Tsawwassen dentist Dr. Jan Roberts wants to remind you that there are several right ways for brushing your teeth, and several wrong ways. Whether you’re teaching your child how, or just want a quick refresher for yourself, here are some pointers on how to get your teeth clean the most efficient way possible.
How to Brush Your Teeth
Before you begin brushing your teeth, make sure you have the right tool for the job. You need a soft bristled toothbrush (or an electric brush with a soft bristled head). Extra-soft is fine as well. Using a stiff-bristled brush or brushing too hard can cause gum recession and enamel abrasion.
Choose a toothpaste with fluoride. If you’ve had cosmetic dental treatment, like porcelain veneers, choose gentle toothpastes or gels that will not be abrasive. You don’t need toothpaste to be as long as your brush head, a pea sized amount will be more than enough.
Brush all sides of your teeth: front, back, and biting surfaces. Brush with the bristles at a 45-degree angle toward your gums, making small strokes back and forth on just one or two teeth at a time. Wide, sweeping strokes tend to skip over the curved areas between your teeth. Keep at it for two minutes; set a timer if you need to! If you have further questions on how to brush your teeth, give our Tsawwassen dental office us a call.
Flossing Your Teeth
While brushing your teeth cleans the visible surfaces, flossing gets in between your teeth where a brush can’t reach.
There are a few different flosses to choose from: waxed or unwaxed, tape (which is like a flat floss,) mint flavored or loaded flossing picks. It doesn’t matter which ones you use, as long as you use them! Starting with your back teeth, put the floss between two teeth and rub up and down against each one, not just one. But take note to clean below the gums as well, as this is where biofilm tend to accumulate and lead to gum disease (floss picks may not be easy to do this with).
If flossing is difficult, consider investing in a water flosser instead!
Clean between your teeth at least once per day.
Rinsing (if You Want!)
If you prefer to use mouthwash, choose one that’s alcohol free and contains fluoride.
This discourages bacterial growth without contributing to dry mouth. The extra fluoride strengthens weak areas in your enamel to combat tooth decay and sensitivity. Just make sure you don’t swallow any of it!
Preventative Dental Care in Tsawwassen, BC
At Roberts Dental and Facial Rejuvenation, we want our Tsawwassen patients to know that routine preventative dental care is the best way to a healthy mouth and smile. Brushing and flossing prevent cavities, gum disease and bad breath! Make sure you schedule a visit with our Tsawwasen dentist Dr. Roberts for a cleaning every six months to complement your dental regimen. Call our South Delta office today at 604-943-3343 to schedule your next appointment and make sure your smile is in the best shape possible! You can also book online here.