At the Dental & Facial Clinic, we recommend taking the following steps for the best oral hygiene:
Step 1 – Brush
Choose a soft toothbrush with a small head and always use fluoride toothpaste. Hold the toothbrush at an angle of 45 o, facing upwards and aim at the gum line. Jiggle the brush in small, half tooth movements. Finish with a gentle back and forth motion on the biting surfaces of your back teeth. You should brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day.
Change your toothbrush every two months to maintain the bristles, which ensures:
- That you always get a proper clean.
- Harmful bacteria don’t build up on the bristles.
Step 2 – floss
Flossing removes food particles between your toothbrush misses. Use enough floss so you can hold the ends comfortably in your hands. Wind it around your index fingers and support it across your thumbs (which should be held closely together). Run the floss between the teeth and move up and down on each tooth- If your teeth are on each spaced closely together, waxed floss or dental tape may be better.
Step 3 – Rinse with Listerine
Keeping your gums healthy is important, after all they are home to your teeth.
2 out 3 Australians have gingivitis, an early from gum disease. Even a trace of blood when brushing can be sign of gingivitis.
Rinsing with Listerine antiseptic mouthwash every time you brush, kills millions of gingivitis causing germs that brushing leaves behind. Listerine is the only daily use mouthwash proven to reduce gingivitis and maintain healthy gums.
Listerine is available in all supermarkets and pharmacies in: original, Cool Mint, fresh burst and Tartar Control.
Step 4 – visit your dental professional regularly
It is recommended that you visit your dentist regularly for a professional clean to remove tartar build up. This will help to ensure, in combination with the above steps, that your teeth and gums remain healthy for life.