Top dental hygiene questions answered

Published on 09/07/2019

Are you brushing and flossing enough? In the right way? How would you rate your dental hygiene?

We look at some of your top dental hygiene questions and try to provide the answers.

What is the best way to brush?

Although it may seem counter intuitive it is important not to brush your teeth too aggressively or use a toothbrush that is too hard as this can lead to enamel abrasion. Brush for two minutes twice a day, using a fluoride toothpaste and soft toothbrush.

Do I need an electric toothbrush?

No, it is more important to ensure that you are using a proper brushing technique. Position your brush at a 45-degree angle to your gums. Move it back and forth across one quadrant in gentle tooth wide strokes. Brush the outside, inside and chewing surfaces of each tooth, focusing on one quadrant at a time. If this seems too much, then it may be worth investing in an a good electric toothbrush. The important thing is to ensure that you are brushing regularly using a proper technique to remove plaque and bacteria build up.

Whichever toothbrush you have it is important to replace the toothbrush or the head, every three months or sooner if the bristles become worn to ensure that you are brushing effectively.

What is the best toothpaste to use?

The most important thing when choosing a toothpaste is to ensure that it contains fluoride and that it is one that will make you want to brush.

Do I really need to clean interdentally?

It is important that you use interdental cleaning aids once a day. It may feel like a chore, but it’s essential for removing food particles and bacteria trapped between teeth that your toothbrush can’t reach. To get the most out of flossing, do it before you brush. That allows your toothpaste’s fluoride to seep in and strengthen enamel between teeth and any plaque you’ve unearthed gets brushed away.

Should I use a mouthwash to improve my dental hygiene?

A mouthwash is not necessary if you are brushing and flossing effectively, unless you suffer from a high rate of tooth decay, in which case your dentist may prescribe a fluoride rinse. It is important to ensure that if you use a mouthwash you use it at a separate time to brushing to avoiding washing away the fluoride present in toothpaste.

Here at Leigh Dental Centre we are dedicated to making sure you have all the techniques to look after your teeth in between appointments! If you have any oral hygiene questions do not hesitate to ask at your next appointment. Call us today on 01702 472929 to book!