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20
Jun
2019

Effective Toothbrushing

We all want to have healthy teeth, fresh breath and nice smiles. Gum disease and tooth decay are the two most common oral diseases worldwide.

Studies have identified links between gum disease and general health such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease and so it has never been more important to look after your teeth.

Effective daily tooth brushing and oral hygiene is an essential part of your health and well-being.

Recommended Toothbrushing Technique

A gentle scrub technique with very short horizontal movements to dislodge plaque at the gum margins is effective for most people and is easy to teach and readily accepted. Thus, careful use of a gentle scrub method using a toothbrush with densely packed, round-ended synthetic filaments of soft to medium texture should be encouraged for effective plaque removal.

A toothbrush with a small brush head may also be recommended, as a small brush head enables better access to the back of the mouth and to tooth surfaces than a large brush head.

While a variety of powered toothbrushes have become increasingly available, only powered toothbrushes with a rotation oscillation action (i.e., brush head moves in one direction and then the other) have been found to be better than manual toothbrushes at removing plaque and reducing gum inflammation, and are no more likely to cause injuries to gums.

Incorrect toothbrushing techniques involving excessive pressure may considerably increase gingival recession (i.e., the gum line recedes leading to exposure of the roots of the teeth), and loss of tooth substance by mechanical abrasion, and must therefore be avoided.

Hold the toothbrush in a pen grip using just the thumb and forefinger.  This results in less pressure being applied when toothbrushing and is therefore recommended.

Toothbrushing Routine

  1. A gentle scrub technique involving very short horizontal movements is recommended
  2. Use a soft to medium textured toothbrush
  3. Hold toothbrush in a pen grip to avoid using excessive pressure
  4. Spit out fluoride toothpaste and do not rinse after brushing
  5. Twice a day – at bedtime and in the morning (ideally after every meal)

Please call Dr. Appleton’s office to schedule your next regular dental checkup.

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