We’ve all been brushing and flossing our teeth for years.
Over time, as with most things, habits develop and the same applies to our oral routine and style of brushing. The natural assumption is that because we’ve been doing something the same way for so long it must be the right way.
However, many of us are surprised to learn that we’re not doing it properly.
Let’s quickly touch on the basics…
Care for your mouth, teeth and gums
It’s not rocket science. Just remember the following five tips;
- Brush at least twice a day, preferably first thing in the morning and before bedtime
- Brush your teeth for at least two minutes and use a fluoride toothpaste
- Floss every day – usually at bedtime
- Limit the number of times you eat snacks each day and try to drink water afterwards
- Visit your dentist twice a year for an oral exam and hygienist for a professional cleaning
Choosing the Machinery
When it comes to brushing our teeth it’s important that we have the right machinery and know how to use it properly. For most men, a soft-bristled toothbrush will be the most comfortable and safest choice. Depending on how vigorously you brush your teeth and the strength of your teeth, medium- and hard-bristled brushes could damage the gums, root surface and protective tooth enamel. Remember to replace your toothbrush every three to four months. Worn, frayed brushes don't clean well, and older brushes can harbour bacteria.
Using the Machinery
Now you have the machinery the question is how to use it.
The Bass or Sulcular Technique is deemed to be the most effective for men. The key to preventing and controlling gum disease is brushing around and under the gumline where bacteria and plaque tend to accumulate. In the Bass method, the toothbrush bristles reach under the gums to scrub off plaque before it hardens into tartar and causes gum disease.
Here’s the steps…
- Place the toothbrush parallel to your teeth with the bristles toward the gums
- Tilt the brush to a 45-degree angle and move the bristles slightly under the gumline
- With firm but gentle pressure, and while maintaining the bristles under the gum tissue, wiggle or vibrate the brush back and forth or use a small circular motion 15 to 20 times
- Brush the outer surface of the teeth and then continue the same technique on the tongue side
- To brush the insides of the front teeth, hold the toothbrush in a vertical position and use the bristles on the toe of the brush, but make sure they are getting under the gum tissue
- Brush the chewing surface of the molar teeth and don't forget your tongue!
Hopefully this article has helped your understanding of general oral health. Remember to seek the advice of your dentist with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.
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This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. Always talk to your dentist about the risks and benefits of any treatment.