Our daily dental habits are what will bring longevity to our teeth and gums. Tooth Brushing and flossing are paramount in maintaining great oral health.
At Mason Square Dental we recommend brushing at least twice a day- after breakfast, and before bed. Think of brushing your teeth as an integral part of self-care.
Did you know that incorrect tooth brushing can in fact damage your teeth and gums? Our professional team at Mason Square Dental always recommend a small headed toothbrush with soft bristles. Hard bristles can damage your gums and even wear away the enamel on your teeth if you brush too vigorously, causing sensitivity. A good quality electric toothbrush is a fantastic option too.
Two minutes is a great amount of time for effective tooth brushing. A timer in the bathroom is very helpful for children if using a manual toothbrush. Some electric toothbrushes have a timer on them and even warn you if you’re brushing too hard!
Toothpaste – Fluoride
The Mason Square Dental team will always recommend a Fluoride toothpaste. Tooth decay is usually easily avoided these days, thanks to the use of fluoride.
Fluoride is not an artificial compound or medication, it’s a natural occurring mineral found in rocks, soil, vegetables, grains and fresh and saltwater. However, fluoride found in the environment is not sufficient on its own to protect our teeth. Fluoride has been added to our water supply and has been proven to be a great aid in reducing decay in children and adults.
Flossing should be a paramount part of your oral health routine along with brushing. Did you know nearly half the surface area of your teeth lies between them? So, if you’re relying on brushing alone, you’re not cleaning a large portion of your teeth. Removing plaque and food from between your teeth, will help prevent gum disease, tooth decay and halitosis (bad breath).
Tips on how to floss…
- Wind about 25cm of floss around your middle fingers and rest it across your thumbs and index fingers.
- Use a gentle up-and-down motion that goes down one side of the tooth, just under the little collar of gum and then back up the other side (think of it as an on-the-side “c”).
- If you’re not sure about the right technique, have a chat to your dentist who can show you all the right flossing moves.
If you find flossing tricky an alternative is Piksters. Talk to our dentists at Mason Square Dental to find a size to suit you best.