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Immense Importance of Brushing and flossing Properly

Immense Importance of Brushing and flossing Properly


We need to prevent cavities by removing plaque which is a transparent layer of bacteria that coats the teeth. The best way to do this is by brushing our teeth at least twice a day. Brushing stimulates the gums, which helps to keep them healthy and prevent oral hygiene issues such as cavities or gum disease, it also helps to maintain a fresh breath and remove stains. It is also important to know that bacteria build-up from your mouth can travel down into the bloodstream, increasing the likelihood of cholesterol build up in the arteries, potentially elevating the chances of getting a stroke or heart attack. Therefore, proper oral hygiene and removal of bad bacteria can reduce your chance of having a heart attack or stroke. Some studies have shown that poor gum heath can increase risk of developing dementia by 30% to 40%. 
          For the best brushing experience, choose a soft toothbrush that allows you to reach all the surfaces of your teeth and use gentle pressure when brushing your teeth.  Use the following instructions and if you have any questions please contact your dentist or hygienist.  This how I personally recommend it to my patients. 
How to use toothbrush:
-Place the toothbrush at the line between your gum and tooth at about 45 degree angle.  Move the brush back and forth gently in tooth-wide strokes.
-Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth. Make sure you cover all the outer layers. 
-To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes.
-Brush the chewing surfaces and make sure to brush the back of your front teeth, both at the top and the bottom.
-Brush your tongue thoroughly in different directions to help prevent bad breath.
-Do not neglect the rough parts in your mouth, in particular, right behind the two front teeth.
White teeth on the table
Flossing Properly Is Critically Important As Well
Use dental floss or other interdental cleaners, such as special picks, interproximal brushes or sticks at least twice a day.  Using these can help loosen and remove plaque and food particles from the spaces between your teeth, where your toothbrush cannot reach.
As you do with dental brushing, use a gentle touch when cleaning between your teeth.
 
How to use dental floss:
-Wind most of 12 to 15 inches (30 to 40 centimeters) of floss around one middle finger.
-Wind the rest around the middle finger of other hand.
-Use the thumbs and forefingers to guide an inch (2.54 centimeter) of floss between the teeth.
-Carefully tease the floss back and forth to guide it gently between your teeth. Curve the floss around the tooth at the gum line.
-Hold the floss tightly against the tooth and gently rub the side of your tooth with the floss, using a downward motion.
-Remember to floss the back side of the last tooth as well.

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