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Is Your Toothbrush Technique Tops?

June 23, 2022
Posted By: Painfree Dentistry
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Most people know you can’t have healthy teeth without a solid at-home care routine. It’s the cornerstone of excellent oral health, without which your teeth may succumb to numerous threats like tooth decay and gum disease. So would it surprise you to learn that half of all Australians brush twice a day, and only 17% of us regularly floss?

The Painfree Dentistry team would like very much to reverse that trend. Our goal is to help our Harris Park NSW neighbors understand how easy it is to implement an effective tooth care routine between dental visits. Here are some tips to help.

Toothbrush Basics for Effective Oral Hygiene

Eating and drinking are vital for living, but they can be hard on your teeth. So along with your regular exams and cleans, home care is critical. Here are the fundamentals:

  • Choose a brush with semi-soft bristles.
  • Replace your toothbrush every three months or when the bristles look worn.
  • Use a fluoridated toothpaste.
  • Brush for two minutes, focusing 30 seconds on each quadrant.
  • Use moderate pressure – longer beats stronger.

Flossing Cleans between Teeth and where Brushes Can’t

When you smile, it may seem like all your teeth are visible. But many tooth surfaces hide and become veritable breeding grounds for plaque-causing bacteria. Most people are familiar with the traditional spools of floss, but other flossing methods exist.

These options include flossers and interdental cleaners, resembling toothpicks with small barbs that capture debris between teeth. Water flossers are also available if you struggle with conventional floss or have orthodontic braces which are incompatible with string floss.

We Recommend Tooth Care, Especially before Bed

The reason for at-home oral care is to remove the food debris which nourishes the bacteria responsible for tooth decay. So if you don’t brush and floss before bed, you’re giving those little buggers hours to grow and continue damaging your teeth.

This means if you only brush once, it should be before bedtime. To make it worth it, we recommend you floss first, then brush to remove that and surface accumulations, and follow up with a mouth rinse. Even if you only rinse with water, that will flush away any leftover plaque that might stick around.

Teeth Brushing, Flossing, and Routine Dental Care in Paramatta NSW

At Painfree Dentistry, we want you to enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles. To help ensure that goal, we encourage you to implement a home oral care routine that works best for you.