HOW TO BRUSH YOUR TEETH

HOW TO BRUSH YOUR TEETH

Always keep in mind that:

Having a correct brushing technique is the first step to achieve healthy teeth and gums. In addition, it will help you reduce the risk of tooth decay and periodontal disease, the leading cause of tooth loss.

BRUSH YOUR TEETH!

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), it is sufficient to brush your teeth twice a day. One of the most important times to brush your teeth is before going to sleep. The main reason is that, during sleeping hours, the glands secrete less saliva and the mouth is drier, so not eliminating the residues with tooth brushing will cause a more significant development of bacteria. In this section, we will see the three most essential parts of brushing.

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Even though brushing our teeth is a habit that we have been repeating daily since we were children, according to different studies, it has been shown that 80% of people do not brush their teeth correctly. Similarly, other studiesrevealed that the area behind the front teeth is the least brushed and that most of the population spends less than two minutes on each brushing, that is, less than the duration recommended by dentists. For this reason, at Channel Islands Family Dental, we want to explain the best way to brush our teeth. We will also tell you about the best tools we have to achieve and maintain perfect oral hygiene, such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, and mouthwash recommended for you.

HOW TO BRUSH YOUR TEETH

Before brushing

Divide into quadrants:

“BEFORE BRUSHING”

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For a proper brushing, the first thing we must do is
divide our mouth into four quadrants: two upper halves and two lower halves.
Dedicate at least 30 seconds to brush each quadrant, which will take us a total
of 2 minutes of brushing. To help us, we can use a stopwatch or listen to our
favorite song. The position of the toothbrush will vary according to the area of
the tooth to be brushed.

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Wait 30 minutes:

“BEFORE BRUSHING”

Wait 30 minutes:
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Before brushing, wait at least 30 minutes after eating,
especially if something acidic is consumed: doing it immediately after can
eliminate the enamel of the teeth that the acid would weaken.

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Amount of toothpaste:

“BEFORE BRUSHING”

Amount of toothpaste:
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It is important to know how much toothpaste to use.
From 0 to 3 years of age, an amount of toothpaste similar to a grain of rice
should be used, increasing to the size of a pea from 3 years of age to adults.

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During tooth brushing

External surfaces:

“DURING TOOTH BRUSHING”

External surface

Place the brush horizontally at a 45º angle to the gums and make sweeping movements. That is, slide the brush from the gums towards the grinding edge of the teeth. These movements should be short and with gentle pressure. If you brush hard, you damage the tooth enamel and gums without removing food debris or dental plaque. In this position, you will first brush the upper teeth’ outer surfaces, starting with the back area of the right quadrant, then the left quadrant, and continue with the lower left quadrant, and then the right quadrant.

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Internal surfaces:

“DURING TOOTH BRUSHING”

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Brush the internal surfaces in the order described above and with the brush’s same inclination. To brush the inner surfaces of the incisors and canines, you should hold the brush vertically and make upward and downward sweeping movements, respectively.

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Chewing surface:

“DURING TOOTH BRUSHING”

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Use back and forth movements to brush the teeth’ chewing surfaces, maintaining the quadrants’ order. The brush fibers should penetrate all areas to prevent food debris from being left behind.

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Tongue:

“DURING TOOTH BRUSHING”

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Brush the tongue in a sweeping motion from back to front with the brush in a horizontal position to remove food particles and odor-causing bacteria for fresh breath.

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After ToothBrushing

After ToothBrushing

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  • Store the toothbrush in an upright position, allowing it to air dry. If stored in a closed container, germs will have more opportunities to grow.

 

  • Use fluoride toothpaste because it helps strengthen and protect teeth and is the best anticaries agent.

 

  • Avoid rinsing with water because the beneficial effects of fluoride are diminished. It is recommended to spit, not rinse.

 

  • Use dental floss and mouthwash at least once a day.
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What should i know when choosing a toothbrush?

WHAT SHOULD I KNOW WHEN CHOOSING A TOOTHBRUSH?

The choice of toothbrush is very important since it is the main instrument with which we will perform proper oral hygiene without mistreating or wearing down the enamel surface.

What types of toothbrushes are there?

The toothbrush should be adjusted to the size of our mouth. For this reason, we should choose a toothbrush that can move easily and brush the inner and outer sides of the teeth. The toothbrush must also reach those areas that are difficult to access, such as the back molars.

• Toothbrush with hard bristles:

Some people believe that choosing this toothbrush type results in better brushing and more effective oral hygiene. However, it is unnecessary to use very hard brushes or exert too much pressure on the teeth and gums when cleaning our teeth. Prolonged use of a stiff bristle brush is not advisable. Over time it can wear down the dental enamel, cause tooth sensitivity and generate lesions in the gums.

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• Toothbrush with soft bristles:

This type of toothbrush is less aggressive with gums and tooth enamel. They are the most recommended for removing food debris deposited on the teeth and gums. .

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• Brushes for surgery:

these brushes are mostly recommended for people who have undergone surgery that has left the mouth in a particularly sensitive state.

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• Orthodontic brushes:

these are brushes to complement hygiene during orthodontic treatment..

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• Periodontal brushes:

used in cases of periodontal disease such as gingival inflammation.

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• Interproximal brushes:

these are brushes designed to reach wide spaces and where the toothbrush cannot reach. It is especially effective, more so than dental floss, in removing plaque that forms between teeth, helping to prevent periodontal disease.

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• Electric toothbrush:

Toothbrushing time does not change whether you use a manual or an electric toothbrush. Electric toothbrushes make brushing easier and can remove more plaque than manual toothbrushes. Besides, they are better for those who need help or have some motor difficulty brushing their teeth.

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• Natural (organic) toothbrushes

at first glance, it looks like a stick. However, it is effective in whitening teeth in a natural way. This type of “brush” does not need toothpaste, and its bactericidal properties help to reduce plaque.

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How often should i replace my toothbrush?

When should i replace my toothbrush

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It would be best if you replaced your toothbrush when it shows signs of wear or every three months. It is also important to change toothbrushes after having a cold since the bristles accumulate germs that can cause a new infection.

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HOW TO CHOOSE A TOOTHPASTE

HOW TO CHOOSE A TOOTHPASTE?

Today, there is a wide variety of toothpaste for different needs, such as caries, gingivitis, tartar, stained teeth, and sensitivity. To choose one or another brand of toothpaste, it is necessary to know the state of our dental health and our specific needs.

HOW TO CHOOSE A TOOTHPASTE

• Caries:

The most common problem is tooth decay, so the main recommendations are to use toothpaste with fluoride and make at least one annual visit to the dentist. At Channel Islands Family Dental, we advise you to use toothpaste with a fluoride content of more than 1,000 particles per million (ppm). This is because the fluoride will help increase the enamel’s strength, stop the growth of tartar-producing bacteria, and remineralize the enamel layer and make it stronger.

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• Gingivitis and Periodontitis:

In cases of periodontal diseases such as gingivitis (which causes bleeding gums) it is also possible to use a toothpaste that, in addition to the fluoride part, uses some antiseptic. If you notice bleeding in your gums, you can see the Oxnard Dentist, Ventura Dentist, Port Hueneme Dentist, Santa Paula Dentist so that our dentist can diagnose it and indicate the best treatment.

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• Tooth sensitivity:

If you present with tooth sensitivity due to enamel wear, we recommend using a toothpaste designed to plug those pores of the tooth that cause us so much pain. This occurs because the nerve is closer and closer to the surface and sudden temperature changes cause this pain to appear.

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• Whitening toothpaste:

Concerning whitening toothpaste, it should be pointed out that their effect is minimal since they are not effective on their own beyond an effective cleaning of debris on the teeth. They are recommended as a support for a teeth whitening treatment performed in one of our dental centers such as Oxnard Dentist, Ventura Dentist, Port Hueneme Dentist, Santa Paula Dentist.

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HOW TO CHOOSE A MOUTHWASH

HOW TO CHOOSE A MOUTHWASH?

Mouthwash is an essential product in oral hygiene because it penetrates every corner of the mouth and eliminates microorganisms and bacteria that form tartar and plaque. They also help fight bad breath and help prevent gum disease.

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WHAT TYPES OF MOUTHWASHES ARE THERE?

These are the types of mouthwash to use according to the ADA:

Therapeutic Mouthwashes: these will help reduce plaque, gingivitis, tooth decay, and bad breath. Those containing fluoride help to prevent or reduce dental caries, and depending on these needs, we can find the following types:

• Cosmetic Mouthwashes:

They can control or temporarily reduce bad breath and leave the mouth with a pleasant taste, but they do not solve the causes of bad breath, nor do they eliminate the bacteria that cause it, nor do they reduce plaque, gingivitis, or caries.

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USE MOUTHWASH CORRECTLY

Mouthwash should always be used after proper brushing. If you still haven’t decided which mouthwash is best for you, you can schedule a consultation with the Oxnard Dentist, Ventura Dentist, Port Hueneme Dentist, or Santa Paula Dentist to help you choose the right one for you. Remember that mouthwash should never be a substitute for brushing

• Frequency:

Use at least once a day to maintain optimal oral hygiene.

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• Amount:

Read the instructions for the correct dosage. Usually, the ideal amount is 10-20mL, and you can use the cap of the product as a measuring device.

• Time:

Gargle for an estimated time of one minute. During rinsing, swish the mouthwash all over the mouth. After spitting it out, do not drink or eat anything for about 30 minutes.

HOW TO ENHANCE OUR DENTAL HYGIENE?

Contact the Oxnard Dentist, Ventura Dentist, Port Hueneme Dentist, or Santa Paula Dentist to identify the type of oral hygiene products that will be most effective for you. The ADA seal lets you know which product has met ADA criteria for safety and effectiveness. Look for the ADA seal on fluoride toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss, interdental cleaners, oral irrigators, mouth rinses, and other oral hygiene products.

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At Channel Islands Family Dental, we want to help you improve your dental hygiene and prevent diseases such as cavities, gingivitis, and periodontitis, which would lead to early tooth loss.  

 

If you have any questions about this or other topics you can contact us at Channel Islands Family Dental, as well as on our Facebook page. At Channel Islands Family Dental, we will be attentive to your needs and make a timely diagnosis.  Besides, our dentists in Oxnard, Santa Paula, Ventura, and Port Hueneme will be able to guide you to the best treatment to give you back your best smile.