At home your oral hygiene routine should involve brushing and flossing and both are equally as important. That’s because brushing eliminates plaque from the surfaces of the teeth, while flossing removes plaque form in between the teeth and under the gum line.
Top tips for best brushing
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day, morning and night
- Use a soft toothbrush and replace it every 3-4 months
- Brush firmly at 45 degree angle where the teeth meet the gums, gently rocking the brush back and forth using small circular movements
- Don’t scrub too vigorously, as this can scratch the tooth enamel and cause the gums to pull away from the teeth
- Brush all surfaces of the teeth, tongue-side and cheek-side, and brush chewing surfaces vigorously with short back-and-forth strokes
- Brush tougue to remove plaque, which causes bad breath
Flossing facts to help hygiene
- Floss every night with a piece of floss about 50cm long or use a handle flosser like Johnson & Johnson daily flosser.
- Gentle work the floss between the teeth toward the triangle of gum and move the floss up and down several times to scrape off the plaque.
- Popping the floss in and out between the teeth will not remove much plaque, and can damage your gums.
- Bleeding gums should stop after 1-2 weeks of regularly daily flossing – If this does not occur please speak to us.
You can make an appointment online or over the phone on (02) 9523 0403. Our practice is located at Suite 104, 28-30 Kingsway, Cronulla NSW 2230.