Caring for your teeth, gums, and mouth is a team effort at Pasadena Smile Center. As part of our service to our patients, we help them with every aspect of home care, and educate them on how to properly brush and floss the teeth. The wrong type of toothbrush or brushing technique can do more damage than good.
Your home care treatment plan could include the use of special rinses to help ward off gum disease. Every patient is different, and we develop a customized home care plan that suits the individual. Working together, we can save you from costly dental treatments in the future. As holistic dentists in Pasadena, our goal is to help our patients maintain good oral health so they preserve their teeth and gums from the onset of cavities or gum diseases.
Correct Way to Brush Teeth
It starts with the right toothbrush. Choosing a brush that has a small enough head to reach the hard-to-clean areas is important. Soft bristles are safer for your teeth, as well as being more comfortable. Hard or medium toothbrushes can even damage your teeth and gums -- so choose soft. A healthy brushing should take about two minutes in total.
As a general overview, follow this basic procedure for brushing:
- Brush your teeth by holding the brush at a 45% angle. Step one is brushing the outer surfaces of your upper teeth, and then your bottom teeth.
- Brush the inner surfaces of the top and bottom teeth.
- Brush the chewing surfaces.
- Gently brush your tongue.
- Thoroughly rinse all toothpaste from your mouth.
- If you have been prescribed a specific mouthwash, use it, and carefully follow the directions on the bottle.
Correct Way to Floss Your Teeth
Flossing is a way to remove the tiny particles of food that have become lodged between your teeth, potentially leading to decay. Your teeth are unique, and the spaces between them can vary from extremely tight, to slight gaps. Ideally, a person will floss their teeth after every meal, but at least once a day as a minimum. The procedure is performed by doing the following:
- Take about 18 inches of dental floss. Wind the majority of it around the middle fingers on each hand. This allows you to shift it and use a fresh surface as you move through your teeth for better results.
- Hold a small section of the floss in each hand (thumb and forefinger).
- Guide the floss between teeth and gums, pressing it against the tooth surface on either side, rubbing it gently up and down on the surface. Be careful not to snap the floss into your gums. Follow the curve of your tooth at the gum line, and slide it into that space to remove any debris.
- Don’t forget to floss the back side of your molars at the back.