Brushing your teeth
The importance of brushing teeth
Brushing at least twice a day is recommended to maintain good dental health and to keep your breath feeling fresh: first in the morning after waking up and then in evening before going to bed. Ideally, it is recommended to brush your teeth 30 mins after each meal. Proper brushing helps remove plaque that accumulates on the surface of the teeth. This is the bacterial layer, made up of bacteria and food particles, that is responsible for gum disease and tooth decay. Good oral hygiene has a positive impact on cardiovascular health, diabetes control and pregnancies.
Choosing your toothbrush
- Whether manual or electric (depending on your preference), your toothbrush should be soft, and made of nylon bristles
- The brush head should be small enough to properly reach the teeth located at the bottom of the mouth
- The handle of the brush must be comfortable and allow for a good grip.
- Rinse your brush very well after each use and make sure it can dry properly.
- Replace your brush every 3 or 4 months (as soon as the ends of the bristles are frayed).
Tips for good oral hygiene:
- Apply a small amount of fluoride toothpaste to your brush (the size of a pea)
- Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle on the surface of the teeth (hair against the gums).
- Make small circular movements on each tooth
- Apply sufficient force to remove food and plaque, being careful to clean all surfaces equally well
When you brush your teeth
- Take your time! A good brushing should last between 3 and 4 minutes.
- Do it 2-3 times a day. Ideally after each meal
- Avoid "sawing" movements from front to back.
- Brush your gums, tongue and palate.
- Use dental floss to clean properly between your teeth
- Be sure to follow the curvature of the neighboring teeth by folding and sliding the wire on each side of the tooth
- Brushing your tongue after brushing your teeth will remove bacteria and food particles.
- Rinse your mouth
- Clean your brush and put the brush to dry
- Replace your toothbrush every 3 or 4 months (as soon as the ends of the hairs are split)
Prolonged exposure to foods and drinks with high sugar content can cause multiple dental problems. A daily commitment to oral hygiene (ie, brushing and flossing) is, therefore necessary to keep your teeth clean and free of infection. Dr. Habra and his team will take the time to share with you different tricks to maintain good oral hygiene at home.