Tips from Our Miami Dentist Office
How to Brush Teeth
The ideal tooth brush should be soft only to avoid unnecessary injury to the gums!! Toothbrushing involves holding the bristles at a 45 degree angle, angled upward for the upper teeth and downward for the lower teeth. A gentle side to side motion is all that is needed to remove the plaque and debris around the teeth. The bristles should be touching the gum at the same time as the tooth in order to remove the plaque as the plaque always builds up at the gum line first. You should spend around 2 minutes brushing your teeth to be most effective. If you divide your mouth into 4 sections, that’s 30 seconds per quadrant. 30 seconds can “feel like forever,” especially on a busy morning. A good tip is to get a timer and help ensure you are brushing the correct amount of time. Your teeth will appreciate it.
How to Floss
Plaque usually appears between the teeth where your toothbrush cannot reach. Flossing is a very effective way to remove plaque from those surfaces. However, it is important to develop the proper technique. Remember it takes time and practice to relearn a habit like flossing, especially if you have been doing it incorrectly, but it is worth it.
Check out our blog post on how to Prevent Gum Disease and Cavities with Proper Flossing
Caring for Sensitive Teeth
Sometimes after dental treatment, teeth are sensitive to hot and cold. This should not last long, but only if the mouth is kept clean. If the mouth is not kept clean the sensitivity will remain and could become more severe. If your teeth are especially sensitive consult with your doctor. They may recommend a medicated toothpaste or mouth rinse made especially for sensitive teeth.
Choosing Oral Hygiene Products
There are so many products on the market it can become confusing and choosing between all the products can be difficult. Most of the toothpastes work well. They all should contain fluoride which hardens the teeth and kills plaque.
Check out our blog post Toothpastes, Toothbrushes, and Mouthwashes… OH MY! for more information on shopping for oral hygiene products.
Daily brushing and flossing will keep dental calculus to a minimum, but a professional cleaning will remove calculus in places your toothbrush and floss have missed. Your visit to our office is an important part of your program to prevent gum disease. Keep your teeth for your lifetime.