As Ipswich Dentists at Grange Road Dental Group, one of our main aims is the prevention of dental problems for our patients. To help achieve this, we educate our patients on on effective tooth brushing tips to ensure the mouth environment is in a healthy state.
So lets begin…
The main purpose of brushing our teeth is to remove dental plaque. Dental Plaque is the colourless, soft sticky layer that builds up naturally on our teeth.
Plaque is produced by the bad bacteria in our mouth. The reason why bacteria produces plaque, is to protect themselves. By doing so the bad bacteria can grow and multiply. If plaque is not cleaned off properly, the bad bacteria within the plaque will cause dental problems. These problems can include dental decay, gum disease and bad breath.
By brushing your teeth properly, it will keep the levels of plaque to a minimum. As a result, you will be able to prevent dental problems occurring in the first place, or from becoming worse.
It is important to mention here that many of our patients think that we brush our teeth to remove food that builds up around our teeth. When in fact, the most important reason is to remove the plaque build-up from our teeth. And in doing so, any remaining food stuck around our teeth will also be cleaned away.
The Dentists at Grange Road Dental Group recommend to brush your teeth twice a day.
The main reason to brush twice a day is to ensure that you have removed as much of the plaque as possible throughout the day. Plaque will build up within four to twelve hours after brushing. We therefore want to prevent the plaque (and the bacteria within) from continuing to build-up to more dangerous levels.
Before we begin this section there are two important facts to be aware of:
Firstly, plaque has a colourless appearance. Thus, it tries to outsmart us by camouflaging itself against the white appearance of our teeth.
Secondly, plaque builds ups on the tooth surfaces where we often do not clean at all because of improper technique, that is:
a) On the tooth surfaces near where the gums meet the teeth, and
b) Between the teeth, where tooth brush bristles cannot reach.
With the above facts in mind, we have compiled a list of Top Tooth Brushing Tips:
You MUST floss, in conjunction with tooth brushing!
As already mentioned, tooth brush bristles cannot reach between your teeth… no matter what the television ads will try and convince you.
Flossing, or the use of inter-dental brushes, is the only way to clean the tooth root surfaces between your teeth. Please see our upcoming post on Grange Road Dental Group Flossing Tips for more information.
We will also soon be making a Grange Road Dental Group Tooth Brushing AND Flossing Video for you to see our Top Tooth Brushing Tips in action.
If you have any specific questions, please call us or make a consultation with one of our friendly and gentle Ipswich Dentists. We are happy to demonstrate this technique for you at one of your visits.
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Article by: Dr Andrew Zischke and Dr Jelena Vlacic- Zischke, Principle Dentists at Grange Road Dental Group.
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