Oral hygiene techniques – brushing your teeth properly
For most people, brushing their teeth is a reflex, since they have been doing it for many years. However, there is a fine line between brushing our teeth in general and brushing them properly.
If you are not confident about your oral hygiene techniques or you do not know how much time you should spend taking care of your mouth each day, then visit our dentist in Edinburgh for advice.
Our experienced dentists and dental hygienists at Craigentinny, will teach you all you need to know for your oral hygiene.
What to avoid
If you are brushing your teeth violently using a back-and-forth motion putting too much pressure, chances are that you are increasingly damaging your tooth enamel. Most people think that brushing their teeth aggressively will help them get rid of food remains and bacteria, but the truth is that this motion is actually harmful to the gums and tooth enamel, especially if you are using a hard-bristled toothbrush.
Moreover, contrary to popular belief, this brushing technique won’t clean your teeth properly. This is because the bristles do not enter in-between your teeth and gums, thus cannot remove food remains and bacteria effectively.
Step up your brushing
As your dentist in Edinburgh will advise you, choosing the right toothbrush is really important. You should avoid hard-bristled toothbrushes because they can destroy your tooth enamel. Instead, opt for a soft or medium-bristled toothbrush and a toothpaste containing fluoride.
Your dentist in Edinburgh will show you how to brush your teeth effectively using soft, circular motions, so that all sides of your teeth are thoroughly cleaned. We also show you how to brush and scrape your tongue for fresh breath.
Last but not least, you shouldn’t forget to floss your teeth every single day for optimal gum health. Both your teeth and gums need to be kept clean and plaque-free in order to prevent cavities and gum disease.
Your oral health is our priority
Besides helping your smile and mood, good oral hygiene can also lead to better general health. That’s why brushing properly is really important. If you are not confident of your oral hygiene routine, contact us today.