September is National Oral Health month! Good oral hygiene ensures that your mouth not only smells healthy but looks healthy too. This means that your teeth should be clean, your gums are pink and do not bleed when brushing or flossing, and your breath smell good.
To make sure that you are practising proper oral hygiene in between dental visits, here are a few tips on how to properly brush and floss your teeth:
Brushing: should be done at least twice a day.
– When brushing, place your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle against your gums,
– Move your toothbrush gently back and forth in short strokes,
– Make sure you brush the outer tooth surface, inner tooth surface, as well as the chewing surface of your teeth,
– Use the tip of your toothbrush to gently brush your front teeth using up-and-down strokes,
– Replace you toothbrush on a reasonably regular basis – every three to four month, or when it starts to show signs of wear and tear,
– Lastly, brush your tongue to remove unwanted bacteria.
Flossing: should be done after every meal.
– Wind the floss around the middle fingers of each hand and hold it tightly with your thumbs and forefingers,
– Guide the floss between your teeth using a rubbing motion,
– When the floss reaches your gum, curve it into a ‘C’ shape against the tooth,
– Bring the floss back up towards the point between your teeth and move the floss up and down – this will conform the floss to the shape of your tooth,
– Hold the floss tightly against your tooth, gently rubbing the side of it, moving the floss away from the gum with up-and-down motions,
– Repeat with the rest of your teeth.
By practising good oral hygiene, you lower the risks of suffering from canker sores, gingivitis and gum recession. Visit your oral hygienist regularly for teeth cleanings to keep smiling confidently!