How to maintain Good Oral Health – By Dr. Nivedita

Proper brushing takes hardly two minutes which is just 120 seconds ! Most of us do not spend that time to brush. To achieve desired result of clean oral cavity, use small circular motions with the toothbrush brostles angulated ar 45º towards the gum – line and clean each section as follows

  • Clean outer surface of lower teeth and then inner surface of lower teeth.
  • Clean outer surface of upper teeth and then inner surface of upper teeth.
  • Clean the chewing surfaces.
  • Brush your tongue too to prevent bad breath.
Tilt your brush at 45º angle against the gumline and sweep or roll the brush away from the gumline using a circular motion
Gently brush the outside, inside and chewing surface of  each tooth using short back-and-forth strokes.
Clean the inside surfaces of the upper front teeth by titlting the brush vertically with small up and down strokes .
Clean the inside surfaces of lower front teeth by tilting the brush vertically with small up and downstrokes.
Gently follow the curves of your teeth.

Kind of toothbrush to use

It is better to use a soft bristle too brush and small headed as it is easy to use in the hard to reach areas . Many people prefer powered toothbrush as an alternative. It can be helpful for those who have difficulty in brushing or people with manual dexterity.


When to change the toothbrush?

If the toothbrush starts to wear off or if its 3 months which ever comes first.


How to floss?

Proper flossing removes plaque and food particles in places where a toothbrush cannot easily reach — under the gum – line  and between your teeth as plaque build-up can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, daily flossing is highly recommended.

To receive maximum benefits from flossing, use the following proper technique:

  • Starting with about 18 inches of floss, wind most of the floss around each middle finger, leaving an inch or two of floss to work with
  • Holding the floss tautly between your thumbs and index fingers, slide it gently up-and-down between your teeth
  • Gently curve the floss around the base of each tooth making sure you go beneath the gumline. Never snap or force the floss, as this may cut or bruise delicate gum tissue
  • Use clean sections of floss as you move from tooth to tooth
  • To remove the floss, use the same back-and-forth motion to bring the floss up and away from the teeth.

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