March 15, 2018 6:25 am
Why Tooth Brushing is Important
Cleaning your teeth is important if you want to maintain good oral health. Brushing your teeth helps to maintain fresh breath, by removing bacteria that has built up around the teeth and in the mouth. If you do not brush your teeth you are at risk of plaque build-up, which can cause inflammation and bleeding of the gums. If plaque is left it can lead to early stages of gum disease known as Gingivitis.
Studies have also shown that poor oral hygiene can increase your chances of developing a serious illness. You should be visiting the dentist every 6 months for your routine dental examinations.
How to correctly Brush your Teeth
Making sure you are brushing your teeth correctly can help to prevent: Cavities, Periodontal/ Gum Disease.
- Your toothbrush should ideally be held at a 45-degree angle.
- Brush your teeth by using a circular motion going back and forth gently on the front, back and chewing surfaces of your teeth.
- Don’t apply to much pressure when brushing your teeth as this can irritate your gums.
- Remember to floss your teeth also as part of your daily oral hygiene routine, as the toothbrush can only reach two thirds of the tooth surface.
- Brush and floss your teeth for 2 minutes in the morning and in the evening before you go to bed.
- Brush your tongue to remove food debris and bad odour causing bacteria.
- Do not rinse straight after brushing as this will wash away any Fluoride left over from the toothpaste
Which Toothbrush should I be using?
Whether you are using a manual or electronic toothbrush providing you are using them correctly they can be just as effective as each other. Electronic toothbrushes have shown in studies that they are more powerful at removing plaque from around the teeth. Ask your dentist which toothbrush they would recommend for you and your oral hygiene needs.
There are many manual toothbrushes to choose from which have small heads, big heads, soft bristles and medium bristles compared to the smaller range of electronic toothbrushes available.
If you feel you are not brushing your teeth correctly book in to see one of our dentist or hygienist who will be able to go through the correct brushing routine for you.
How often should I change my Toothbrush?
Ideally you should be changing your toothbrush every 3 months, or sooner if the bristles have frayed. Another reason to change your toothbrush is if you have been sick recently. You should be cleaning your toothbrush with water after each time you use it, to remove left over toothpaste and debris. It’s important to not store your toothbrush in a closed container as this can allow for bacteria to grow.
Viva Dental Studio – Our Services
If you require more information on the importance of toothbrushing please visit our website www.vivadentalstudio.co.uk
We offer Early Morning, Late Evening, Weekend and Same Day Emergency Appointments to the whole of Essex, London. We cover Hornchurch, Romford, Upminster, Grays, Rainham, Giddea Park, Thurrock, Bluewater, Dartford, Lakeside and more.