The common enemy of both teeth and gums is “plaque”. It is a build-up of bacteria on teeth, especially around the gums. When plaque attacks, gum disease quickly develops and, if left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss. With the following habits you can keep plaque far away from your smile.
Correct brushing action
Make small circles with the brush head so that the tips of the bristles remain more or less in the same place. It is important to brush where the teeth and gums meet. The soft bristles of your toothbrush will dislodge plaque and food particles. Spend at least about 10 seconds brushing each area before moving to the next.
The inner surfaces require slightly different brushing technique, depending on which teeth you are brushing. Brush upper and lower back teeth using the brushing angle and action as described. For front teeth, tilt the brush as shown in the diagram, and use the correct brushing action. Repeat for all inside front teeth.
Brush the outer surfaces of the upper and lower teeth using the brushing angle and action as described above.
Clean upper and lower teeth using moderate force with backward and forward strokes.
The correct toothbrush
Dentists recommend a toothbrush with soft endrounded bristles and a small head. This helps to reach most tooth surfaces. Dentists recommend that you change your toothbrush every 3 months. The Advanced toothbrush has a special blue coloured strides of bristles which fade with use. Once the blue colour on the bristles has faded to the half length, it’s an indication to change your brush.
The right diet
Plaque reacts with sugary foods to form an acid which attacks tooth enamel and causes cavities. So, start first by cutting down on sugary foods and drinks. Floss and brush your teeth at least twice a day to prevent plaque build-up and acid formation. The best times are after breakfast and before going to bed.
Rinse after you eat
Rinsing your mouth thoroughly with water ; after eating anything is really a good habit. It removes all remaining food particles from all corners of mouth and results in no plaque accumulation & so maintain your oral health.
The four habits above are however not a replacement for regular visits to your dentist. And if your visit to the dentist is overdue its not too late to visit Kempton Smile with DR S. Kholvadia, one of the most popular and affordable dentists in Kempton Park. Kempton Smile is a renowned Dental Practice based in Kempton Park for more than 12 years now.
Dr S Kholvadia is a healthcare practitioner, specialising as a Dentist, in Kempton Park. Kempton Smile is a family and cosmetic dental practice operating at Kempton Square next to Pick ‘n Pay, at Kempton ParkLeave a reply