Dental floss and brushing

To have good teeth, it is necessary to observe a good personal dental hygiene and to benefit from the care of your dentist.

Dental floss

Flossing removes plaque and bacteria that you cannot reach with your toothbrush. In fact, if you do not use dental flossing, you miss more than a third of the face of your teeth. Plaque, the main cause of gum disease, is an invisible film loaded with bacteria that builds up on your teeth every day.

The plaque hardens within 24 to 36 hours and forms tartar which can only be removed by professional cleaning. Use dental flosses at least once a day and the plaque will not have time to turn into tartar. It is easier to make the habit of flossing every day if you do it when you are doing something else, watching TV or listening to music, for example.

How to use dental floss

  1. Take a length of silk thread equal to the distance between the hand and the shoulder
  2. Wrap the wire around the middle finger of each hand, leaving about 2 inches of wire between the hands.
  3. Slide the silk between the teeth and form a semicircle, like a “C”, at the base of the tooth, then gently lower the wire on the edge of the gum. Clean the tooth from its base towards the end 2 or 3 times.
  4. Wrap the wire around the middle finger of each hand, leaving about 2 inches of wire between the hands.
  5. Make sure to clean both sides of each tooth. Do not forget the back of the last molars. Slide the thread between your fingers as it wears and catches particles.
  6. Brush your teeth after flossing – this is a more effective method of preventing cavities and gum disease.

Brushing

Regular and thorough brushing of the teeth helps to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. It helps to remove bacteria, source of cavities, and plaque that causes gum disease.

Ideally, brushing should be done after each meal, because the bacteria begin to attack the teeth within minutes of eating. However, brush your teeth at least once a day and always before going to bed. It’s not complicated, but there is a good way to brush your teeth.

How to brush your teeth

  1. Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle with the teeth, placing the bristles of the toothbrush at the junction of the teeth and gums. Then, in a circular motion, massage slightly from top to bottom. Do not rub. The recession of the gums is often since we brushed our teeth too hard fo years.
  2. Use a piece of dental floss the equivalent of the distance between your hand and your shoulder.
  3. Clean each side of each tooth. The masticatory side, the side of the cheek and that of the tongue.
  4. Go slowly without hurrying. A good brushing should take 2 to 3 minutes. Try to time yourself.
  5. Change your usual way of brushing your teeth. Most people still brush their teeth the same way. That means they always miss the same places. Try to change your routine.
  6. Change your usual way of brushing your teeth. Most people still brush their teeth the same way.  That means they always miss the same places.  Try to change your usual routine.
  7. Use a toothbrush with soft, rounded bristles. A good brush cleans better. Choose a size and shape of brush that allows you to reach the back teeth. There are many types of toothbrushes, so ask your dentist to suggest the one that is best for you.