Thursday, 23 February 2017

Brushing vs Flossing

 Procedures for Brushing Teeth

1. Brush at least twice daily, morning and evening.

2. Your toothbrush should be soft, rounded-end bristles with a head that is small enough to cover all parts of your teeth and mouth.

3. Replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months.

4. You can use an electric toothbrush that has approval seal from American Dental Association (ADA).

As per the study, powered toothbrushes with a rotating and oscillating (back-and-forth) action are more effective than other toothbrushes.

5. The brush should be at 45 degrees’ angle wherein it meets the gums then, press firmly and use small circular movements to softly brush the teeth back and forth. Don’t hardly scrub the teeth because it can make the gums pull away from the teeth and can scratch your tooth enamel.

6. Brush all side of the teeth especially to the front teeth and all surfaces of the back teeth.

7. Brush chewing parts repeatedly with short back-and-forth strokes.

Procedures for Flossing Teeth

1. Finger-wrap procedure

                Cut off a piece of floss 18 in. (45 cm) to 20 in. (50 cm) long. Wrap one end around your left middle finger and same in your right middle finger, your hands should be about 2 in. (5 cm) to 3 in. (8 cm) apart.

2. Circle procedure

                Use a piece of floss about 12 in. (30 cm) long. Form a loop by tying the ends together. If the loop is very large, make it smaller by wrapping the floss around your fingers.
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