Tuesday, April 20, 2010

you know you should've brushed your teeth properly, instead of too frequently

I found an article my ConVex group members and I were working on quite some time ago. I thought it'd be beneficial for others out there. This is really, really the way I brush my teeth and they are according dentists' recommendation, but I have additional steps because of the braces. But here are a few basic ones.

Brush Your Teeth!

  • Brush at least twice daily. Use a soft, nylon brush with rounded bristles and fluoride toothpaste.
  • Use small, circular motions and short back-and-forth motions. Brush gently
  • Use vibratory movements to reach into deep pits and fissures of occlusal surface.
  • Place bristles at 45 degrees on neck of teeth and sweep occlusally. This is to massage and stimulate the gingiva.

Clean Your Tongue too!

  • Large quantities of naturally-occurring bacteria are often found on the posterior dorsum of the tongue. Food remnants and bacterial infection on tongue are the main causes of bad breath.
  • Clean your tongue after brushing your teeth either with a tongue cleaner or toothbrush.

Remember to Floss!


  • Dental floss should be about 40 cm long with each use.
  • Use a "sawing" motion and apply moderate force to insert floss in-between teeth.
  • Curve the floss around each tooth and scrape up and down several times, from below the gum to the top of the tooth.
  • Rinse after flossing.

Scaling once every 6 months

  • When dental plaque on tooth surfaces has developed into calculus, it is impossible to be removed by toothbrushing alone. Hence, the importance of scaling.

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