Tips & Advice
If you need a refresher on home hygiene, we are always happy to demonstrate so that you get the most out of your home oral care. By taking care of your teeth, eating a balanced diet and visiting us regularly, you can have healthy teeth and an attractive smile your entire life.
General Oral Hygiene
To maintain good oral hygiene and healthy teeth and gums its important to have regular visits to your dentist and good home care routine.
Poor oral hygiene will lead to a number of problems, some of them extremely serious if left untreated.
Some signs to look for are:
- Bleeding gums
- Swollen and inflamed gums
- Loose teeth
- Receding gums
- Bad breath
Inglewood Dental Surgery take pride in educating our patients about their dental health, informing them on the most effective ways to keep their teeth and gums healthy and long-lasting We will advise you on all aspects of dental hygiene, including the use of toothbrushes and dental floss.
Brushing and Flossing Tips & Techniques
The best way to remove decay-causing plaque is by brushing and cleaning between your teeth every day. Brushing removes plaque from the tooth surfaces.
We suggest brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day using proper technique.
- Place your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle against the gums
- Move the brush back and forth gently in short (tooth-wide) strokes
- Be sure to brush all surfaces of teeth
- Use gentle pressure – the bristle tips do the cleaning
- Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath
Replace toothbrush every three months or earlier if it looks worn and use a toothpaste that contains fluoride, which helps protect your teeth from decay.
Proper flossing removes plaque and food particles in places where a toothbrush cannot easily reach — under the gumline and between your teeth. Because plaque build-up can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, daily flossing is highly recommended.
To receive maximum benefits from flossing, use the following proper technique:
- Starting with about 35cm of floss, wind most of the floss around each middle finger, leaving an inch or two of floss to work with
- Holding the floss tightly between your thumbs and index fingers, slide it gently up-and-down between your teeth
- Gently curve the floss around the base of each tooth, making sure you go beneath the gumline. Never snap or force the floss, as this may cut or bruise delicate gum tissue
- Use clean sections of floss as you move from tooth to tooth
- To remove the floss, use the same back-and-forth motion to bring the floss up and away from the teeth