Most of us know the rules for good oral hygiene. Floss every day, brush at least twice a day to maintain good oral health and to prevent cavities and gum disease. But in order for the brushing to be effective, using the right type of toothbrush and technique is just as important as frequency. Dr. Adel Mansour, a dentist at Central Florida Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Kissimmee, Hunters Creek and Orlando, FL advises patients to take control of their oral health by scheduling regular dental exams and professional cleanings, and to discuss the best at home dental care procedures to keep the teeth and gums healthy in between visits.
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As with any long-term routine, many of us brush and floss our teeth on "autopilot," without giving much thought to things like technique or angles. The first mistake many people make is using the wrong size toothbrush. A brush that is too large for the mouth can cause strain and make it difficult to adequately brush the harder to reach teeth in the back. The brush should feel comfortable and move easily over the entire surface of the teeth (front and back). Bristles are also important, as they can irritate the gums and increase the risk of gum recession if they are too hard. Using a brush with softer bristles and using firm but gentle strokes will help to protect the gums.
While brushing side to side might come naturally, holding the brush at a 45-degree angle and using gentle up and down strokes protect the gums from irritation, and helps to clean the areas between the teeth. Keeping the brush clean and allowing the bristles to dry in between brushing is important to avoid bacteria buildup, and replacing the brush every 3-4 months is recommended for best results.
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When done correctly, daily brushing and flossing, in conjunction with regular visits to the dentist are the best ways to avoid tooth decay and gum disease. Contact Central Florida Cosmetic and Family Dentistry by calling (407) 483-9990 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mansour today.