There are few things better when it comes to a trip to the Ottawa dentist than getting complimented on the health of your teeth. Follow this advice to find out how:
Get The Right Equipment
Every toothbrush brand will try to differentiate it’s product with a variety of features. This brush as a tongue scrubber, that one a flexible shaft, and so on.
Ultimately, there’s only one thing you really need to consider when selecting your brush.
Should you get hard bristles, or soft bristles?
Hard-bristled tooth brushes offer a certain kind of satisfaction. It makes it feel like you’re really scrubbing, and for that reason many people prefer them.
However, there is a good reason why you will never get a hard-bristled brush from your dentist.
They’re bad for your dental health!
Brushing with a hard brush feels great to some, but ultimately contributes to a variety of oral health problems. Hard bristles clear plaque just as well as soft bristles, but also ‘scratch’ the surface of your teeth. This creates microscopic grooves in your teeth make it easier for plaque to adhere, and providing easy ‘points of entry’ for cavity formation.
As well, its uncomfortable to brush the soft surfaces of your mouth with hard bristles. Gums, cheeks, and the tongue are easily irritated, leading hard-bristle-brushers to neglect cleaning them.
Always use a soft-bristle brush.
Soft bristles may not feel quite as satisfying to those who enjoy hard ones, but they are a far better tool for ensuring complete oral health! Next time you’re considering the purchase of a tooth brush, make sure you go for soft bristles!
Find The Floss You Like The Most!
Flossing is inconvenient. Despite how much dentists recommend it, we know it can be a pain in the butt to do regularly!
This is why it’s so important to do everything you can to make flossing less of a pain in the butt!
The best way to do this is to take some time, and find a type of floss that you find to be the easiest and most satisfying to use.
When buying floss, most people will make their decision based on simple value-for-money. They’ll want to get as much as they can for the least amount of money.
Sometimes this means that people wind up with floss they don’t like, and therefore don’t use!
You don’t get any value out of your purchase if you’re buying something you’ll never use, so next time you buy floss, approach the task differently by asking:
‘Which floss will I be most likely to enjoy, and use regularly?’
Maybe you’ll find you like the way that waxed floss is easier to use, especially around dental hardware. Maybe youll find that having Flosser picks in your purse, at the office, in your car, etc. makes flossing easier by making it something you do during spare moments throughout the day!
Get The Most Out of Mouthwash
Dentists generally do not recommend mouthwash. While it’s a helpful tool for relieving bad breath, most mouthwashes have no real benefit for promoting oral health. Alcohol-based mouthwashes, which comprise the grand majority of mouthwashes bought by consumers, can actually be detrimental to your oral health! It’s true that they eliminate 99.9% of bacteria, as their labels say, but much of this bacteria is actually helpful to maintaining the health of your mouth!
If you like to use mouthwashes, Triadent recommends the purchase of fluoride-based mouthwashes. These are the mouthwashes that you’ll see used in dental practices because they are the ones that legitimately promote oral health. Fluoride mouthwash will prevent cavities, protect your enamel health, and keep your mouth healthy and clean!
Use it Properly
Floss With The Right Technique!
Think of flossing like stepping on an anthill. These ant’s are always working, round-the-clock, to build their home. Flossing means that you disrupt their efforts, causing them to repair the damage. So long as you continue to make them do this, you can ensure they aren’t damaging your teeth. Flossing twice a day, in the morning and before bed, will provide your teeth the best treatment.
Passing floss through the teeth is a great start to flossing, but it’s recommended to move floss back and forward while also moving it up and down. This will ‘wrap’ the floss around the surface of your tooth, clearing away more buildup in places your brush can’t reach. Cavities between the teeth are common in those that rarely floss, but even those who floss improperly!
It’s also important to remember when flossing to ensure you clean the back of your last molars. A toothbrush will do an excellent job of cleaning the surface of these teeth, but not the areas close to – and under – your gums. Cavities in the rear molars are among the least pleasant to have filled, so it’s important to always remember this area when flossing!
Brushing RIGHT is just as important as brushing OFTEN
Move Your Brush in Circles, Not Lines
Brushing straight up and down will serve to disturb the plaque on your teeth, but sometimes doesn’t do a great job at removing it.
The flat surfaces of your teeth will be cleaned with up-and-down or side-to-side brushing; but rarely is it the case that these areas are the ones that develop problems.
The space between your gums and teeth, as well as the soft surfaces of your mouth are the ones you want to be focusing on, and brushing in large circles is the best way to get them!
When you brush in circles, the bristles of your brush have an opportunity to get into and clear out the space between your gums and teeth. Angling your brush such that the bristles can get into this space helps them get in there, and moving in circles allows them to get the gunk out!
Keep in Mind Your Salivary Glands.
You know that terrible taste right at the back of your mouth, just before your throat, that you get some mornings before you’ve brushed your teeth?
That’s caused by your salivary glands.
On the top and bottom of your mouth, near your very rear molars, these glands exist to produce and distribute saliva throughout your mouth.
When you brush, it’s important to take care that you clean them off in addition to the rest of your mouth! Most cavities take place in areas near these glands, so you’ll want to pay special attention to keeping them and nearby areas clean!
Not only will paying attention to these glands help maintain your oral health, but poorly-cared-for salivary glands are a major cause of chronic bad breath. Keeping them clean and cared for will keep your breath smelling fresh!
Don’t Forget to Brush the Tongue!
While we call it a ‘tooth brush’, the reality is that we ought to consider it a ‘mouth brush’. Your brushing technique, for maximum effect, should include both the hard and soft surfaces of your mouth.
Whether you know it or not, you are always swallowing. Saliva is always flowing around the inside of your mouth, clearing bacteria for your body to automatically swallow. This leads to an accumulation of nasty junk on the back of your tongue, the biggest source of bad breath.
When you brush, taking the time to regularly care for your tongue (especially the back!) will not only improve your overall oral health, but substantially improve your breath as well!
The Right Techniques From Triadent
When it comes to the best practices for promoting oral health, whether at home or in the dentists chair, you can always rely on Triadent to provide advice and services guaranteed to keep you smiling!
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