It is important to make small circles while brushing in order to help keep your gum line clean of any food particles. Also, practice holding the brush at an angle while meticulously cleaning between the teeth, as well as the front, back and sides. Clean off all the sides of your teeth as well the chewing surfaces and the molars. Finish up brushing by cleaning off the roof of the mouth and the tongue. Using a tongue scraper is also recommended.
To help prevent the spread of plaque and food particle accumulation, you should brush at between two to four times a day.
– After breakfast, brush.
– After lunch, school, or work, brush.
– After dinner, brush.
– Before you go to bed, brush.
Once your toothbrush bristles begin to fray, replace it. Care for your brush after each use by storing it in an upright container to dry out. This helps to avoid it from growing mold and bacteria. Use mouthwash or boiling water to occasionally sanitize your toothbrush.
Daily flossing is essential to avoid plaque build-up and promote healthy gums. To floss, tie each end to your middle fingers and guide the floss between your teeth and then wrap around the tooth in a C shape. Floss all the way down to the gum line. Don’t be concerned if bleeding occurs when flossing, this should stop after a few days.
If you have questions about brushing and flossing, call Dr. Omar Damji in Atlanta, Georgia, today.