- To properly clean between teeth and gums, your bristles must be placed at a 45- degree angle to your teeth, toward the gums.
- Brushing isn’t quite an accurate term. Your actual motion should be more like a gentle circular motion, with very little brush movement except when moving the brush to the next tooth. Raking the toothbrush back and forth along the side of your teeth is going to damage your enamel and isn’t going to clean nearly as much plaque off of the teeth as a more precise steady motion.
- Using only light pressure, spend 2-3 seconds on each tooth. Then move the brush to the next tooth.
- It never hurts to spend an extra 2-3 seconds on those places where your hygienist always seems have to work especially hard to get clean. For most people, problem areas are the back teeth or behind the lower front teeth where the salivary glands are located.
- Replace Brush Heads Regularly, It’s clinically proven that a regularly replaced brush head removes plaque better than one used for longer than 3 months.
If your Ora dental professional asks you every visit whether you floss, chances are your teeth are telling on you. Flossing should be done at least once a day, preferably before bed. Floss before you brush and use whatever kind of floss you prefer. Used daily and correctly, all the types of floss clean your teeth.
- Break off about 15” of floss and wind most of it around one of your middle fingers. Wrap the remaining floss around a middle finger on your other hand. Pinch the floss tightly between your forefingers and thumbs.
- Gently slide the floss down between your teeth. While keeping the floss wrapped around the side of the tooth in a C shape, pull it up and down along the side surface of the tooth and gently slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth. Slide the floss back up the tooth, then make the C shape around the other adjoining tooth and slide down again. Never snap the floss into the gums. Transfer the floss from one finger to the other finger as it becomes dirty or frayed.
- Repeat this method on the rest of your teeth. Don’t forget to do the backside of your innermost teeth.
If you find it difficult to get the floss between your teeth, or it feels uncomfortable to get the floss down below the gum line, don’t give up. It will become easier with daily flossing. And remember that while it is difficult to slide the floss between your teeth, bacteria is safely hidden there. Try a gortex-based or fine floss that may fit more easily between tight teeth.
Apart from avoiding the obvious such as, sugar and candy, there are other foods that are also less than ideal for taking care of our mouths. Starchy foods like pretzels, non-whole wheat breads and potato chips tend to stay in the mouth a long time, promoting bacteria growth. Sugary and sticky foods are also good ones to avoid. When you do partake of these types of foods, try to brush soon afterwards.
Luckily, the same diet that is good for your entire body is also beneficial to your oral health. A varied diet that includes foods high in vitamin C, calcium, folic acid, zinc, iron and vitamin D are great for your oral health. So look to citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, yogurt and milk. There are even some specific foods that can inhibit bacteria growth and neutralize the acid that encourages plaque. Foods like peanuts, aged cheddar, Swiss and Monterey jack cheeses may have a positive impact on your oral health.
Chewing a piece of sugarless gum after meals or when your mouth feels dry will stimulate the production of saliva, which neutralizes the acid in the mouth. This can translate into fewer cavities. (Note: chewing gum isn’t recommended for people with jaw joint problems or braces.)
Schedule Regular Check-Up Visits at ORA Dentistry Spa
Checking your teeth for tooth decay is just one part of a thorough dental examination. During your checkup appointments your ORA dental professional will evaluate the health of your gums, perform a head and neck examination (to look for anything out of the ordinary), examine your mouth for any indications of oral cancer, diabetes, or vitamin deficiencies, additionally, your face, bite, saliva, and movement of your lower jaw joints (TMJs), will also be examined. Your ORA dental professional will then clean your teeth and stress the importance of you maintaining good oral hygiene at home between visits.