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Tooth brushing advice from your dentist in Huddersfield and Holmfirth

April 28, 2015

How long should I brush my teeth for?

At least 2 minutes twice a day

How do I brush my teeth?

Use short gentle circular strokes, ensuring that you cover all surfaces including your gum to tooth margin and areas which are difficult to get to i.e your back teeth

How to brush teeth

How to effectively brush your teeth using a manual toothbrush:

Hold the brush at a 45 degree angle against the gum-tooth margin ensuring that the bristles move away from the gum-line.

Tooth Brushing

Tooth Brushing

Ensure you brush all surfaces of your teeth using a circular motion, concentrating on each tooth individually, move from the back of the tooth towards the front on the outside surface of your teeth and then repeat this on the inside surfaces of each tooth. Complete the brushing of your teeth by brushing the biting surfaces of your teeth.

How to effectively brush your teeth using a electric toothbrush:

Hold the toothbrush at a 90 degree angle against the tooth, do not press hard against the gum at the risk of scrubbing your gum away. Ensure you brush all surfaces of your teeth, concentrating on each tooth individually, move from the back of the tooth towards the front on the outside surface of your teeth and then repeat this on the inside surfaces of each tooth. Complete the brushing of your teeth by brushing the biting surfaces of your teeth

Do I Brush my Tongue?

Ensure you gently brush your tongue at the same time you brush your teeth to ensure you remove bacteria and maintain fresh breath

Choosing a toothbrush that is right for you?

  • Use a medium or soft bristled toothbrush
  • Small headed toothbrushes are preferable, as easier to reach all areas of the mouth
  • Electric Powered toothbrushes can help to clean areas which you may struggle to get to i.e.diffcult to reach teeth/ back teeth
  • Electric powered toothbrushes can assist individuals who have limited manual dexterity
  • If choosing an electric toothbrush, always choose a rechargeable toothbrush that is always charged to ensure that it oscillates at it’s optimum rate to allow for effective cleaning (non rechargeable battery powered toothbrushes may reduce in efficacy of cleaning as the batteries become depleted)

When to replace your toothbrush:

Every 3-4 months of use

After any illness/ sickness to prevent reinfection

When the bristles become frayed

How to keep your toothbrush clean:

Thoroughly clean and wash your toothbrush with water after use

Store your toothbrush upright after cleaning, in a cup or rack to allow for adequate drying

Should you Share your toothbrush?

Do not share your toothbrush with anybody.

 

If you are looking for a new dentist why not call us on 01484 850501 for a consultation. We can help you look after your teeth and maintain good oral health.

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