Healthy Teeth Tips
Healthy teeth can be a reality with proper care and routine check ups. We’ve put together the following information to help you have a great experience when it comes to taking care of your teeth.
When making any decision regarding the care of your oral hygiene it is always recommended that you consult with your dentist. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
How to Maintain Your Oral Hygiene at Home
Things You'll Need:
Step One: Squeeze some toothpaste onto a toothbrush.
Step Two: Use short, front-to-back brushing motions to clean the outside and inside surfaces of the teeth, as well as the chewing surfaces.
Step Three: Use up-and-down motions to clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth.
Step Three: Gently brush along the gum line. Proper cleaning of the gum line is important in the prevention of gum disease.
Step Four: Brush your back molars, where bacteria like to hide.
Step Five: Brush your tongue to remove bacteria that causes bad breath.
Step Six: Spit out the toothpaste and rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash.
Step Seven: It is important to try to floss at least once a day as most cavities for adults occur between teeth. When flossing guide the floss between the teeth and use it to gently rub the side of each tooth.
Oral Hygiene FAQ’s
Q. How much toothpaste should I use?
A. About a pea sized amount should suffice.
Q. How long should I brush?
A. It is recommended that you brush for at least 2 minutes. The important factor is ensuring that you properly clean each area as described in the Oral Hygiene section. Of course it is possible to over brush also. You do not want to brush to the point that your gums if healthy start to bleed (see gum dieses for more information)
Q. When should I floss?
A. You should floss at least once a day and most importantly before going to bed. Flossing before or after you brush your teeth is fine. Just be sure to rinse your mouth after you floss if you floss last.
Q. What type of toothpaste should I use?
A. It is suggested that you use a toothpaste containing fluoride when possible. The type of brand or formulation is a personal choice.
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DentistOttawa does not provide dental or medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.The contents of the DentistOttawa website are for informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional dental or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist with any questions you may have regarding your oral hygiene.