Brush the teeth twice daily. Brush first thing in the morning to help with removing the bacteria and plaque that has built up overnight, and again just before going to bed. Dentists recommend brushing for at least two minutes. Use a brush with soft bristles, a small head, and hold at a 45° angle. Aim to work slowly around the mouth, cleaning each tooth in turn and make sure to avoid missing any areas. Replace a toothbrush every three months to maintain the effectiveness of the bristles.
Brushing isn’t enough. Use dental tape or floss to help clean between the teeth. It helps to remove the build-up of plaque in-between the teeth. Flossing should take place before brushing. Since up to 85% of dental issues related to areas between the teeth, it is crucial to have in place a regular schedule of flossing. Use an interdental brush for more significant gaps.
For superior teeth cleaning, an electric toothbrush offers better performance compared to using the standard manual toothbrush. A motorized toothbrush includes an interchangeable brush head sized to cup around the tooth for more decisive and faster-cleaning action. Many of the brand names in the dental industry manufacture electric toothbrushes for the adult and child.
Oral irrigators (also called Waterjets) offer an alternative to dental floss or tape. Oral irrigators generate a pressurized stream of water to clear plaque in the difficult to reach areas between the teeth. Tests show using an oral irrigator with daily brushing helps eliminate almost 95% more plaque compared to brushing alone. This pressurized steam of water helps with improving gum health by a significant margin. It also lessens the impact of calculus and gingivitis after a period of three or four weeks.
Rinsing the mouth with mouthwash increases the chance of reaching areas of the mouth that can’t be touched by using the toothbrush alone. Use the mouthwash first thing in the morning and the last thing at night, and after brushing the teeth. Alcohol-Free mouthwash is often preferred. Alcohol can act as an irritant leaving the mouth dry. It reduces the saliva present in the mouth, which means the teeth are more vulnerable to the build-up of bacteria.