How to brush your teeth and what will happen if you don’t.
For all the advances in modern dental care, good oral health still largely comes down to one factor, and that is a good brushing routine.
Flossing too is also very helpful and, along with regular visits to your local dentist, will help to ensure that your teeth and gums stay strong and healthy.
How to brush
Whilst most of us do brush our teeth, we probably all do it in the way that we were taught by our parents, irrespective of whether it is the best and most effective way to keep tooth decay and gum disease at bay. Here then, are some useful pointers to brushing your teeth well.
1. Use a reasonably firm bristled toothbrush. A soft brush might be comfortable but will be ineffective at removing bacteria and sugars from the teeth.
2. Replace your toothbrush regularly. If your brush is worn or is over three months old, throw it away and invest in a new one. The same applies to the head of an electric toothbrush. Replacing these is inexpensive and hugely beneficial for your teeth and gums.
3. Angle the brush. Don’t simply brush flat but angle the brush at around forty five degrees so that the bristles reach under the gum line. This is one of the key places where gingival bacteria that can lead to gum disease are often found.
4. Don’t brush immediately after eating. Whilst it may be tempting to clean your teeth immediately after a meal, this is not a good idea. After eating, depending on what you eat, the enamel on the teeth can be very slightly weaker, and, by brushing immediately, you may be helping in the erosion of the enamel; potentially exposing your teeth to decay.
5. Use fluoride toothpaste. Though some people are increasingly turning to natural products, using a non fluoride toothpaste will almost certainly result in a larger number of fillings and possible extractions as the enamel of the teeth becomes weakened.
6. Brush your gums. It is not just your teeth that you are looking after; your gums are equally important. With gum disease being one of the leading causes of tooth loss in the UK, ensuring that the gums are lightly brushed too will help you in the fight against gum disease.
At The Lodge Dental Suite, we are always happy to talk to our patients about their oral health and to demonstrate how to brush and floss the teeth correctly. Ensuring that you also have your teeth examined at least twice a year by one of our experienced dentists, on top of a good brushing routine, should ensure that any treatment required is minimal.
If you live in the Waltham Cross or Waltham Abbey area, please call our dental practice today on 01992 643 399 to book an appointment.