Your daily dental checklist
Brushing your teeth every day is the most important way to protect your teeth and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. Here are our top tips:
- Brush twice daily
- Floss daily
- Always use a soft bristled toothbrush
- Have a routine – following a particular pattern will ensure all parts of your mouth and teeth have been cleaned
- Brush your teeth and gums gently
- Use fluoride toothpaste
The best way to brush your teeth
It only takes two minutes.
Use short, gentle strokes, holding your toothbrush at a 45° angle to the tooth while paying extra attention to the gum line and hard to reach back teeth. Pay particular attention to teeth that have fillings or crowns.
Have a routine.
Follow a routine to make sure each tooth is cleaned properly. Here's an example: Clean the outer surface of your upper teeth, then your lower teeth. Clean the inner surfaces of your upper teeth, then your lower teeth. Clean the chewing surface.
Take your time.
For fresher breath, brush your tongue too. If there are any areas that still feel rough or furry, continue to brush until smooth.
Flossing made simple
Everyone knows about flossing but unlike brushing, very few actually do it. When used correctly, floss is excellent at removing plaque and debris from between your teeth.
- Remove about a 45cm strip of floss from the dispenser.
- Wind the floss around your middle finger of each hand, leaving 2cm - 3cm section of floss open for flossing.
- Use your index fingers to push the floss between your teeth. Floss your top teeth first, then the bottom. Be careful not to push too hard and injure your gums.
- Move the floss up and down against your tooth and up and around the gum line. The floss should form a C-shape around the tooth as you floss.
- Use new sections of floss as you move from tooth to tooth.
- Floss between each tooth as well as at the back of the last tooth.