Oral Hygiene

Enjoying teeth and gums healthy for life

Although you may follow a strict oral hygiene routine of brushing twice a day and flossing once a day, it’s still important to schedule a dental hygiene appointment with the Inform Dental team every six months.

Plaque is a clear, sticky film that builds-up on the surface of your teeth. When it hardens it becomes tartar, which cannot be removed by brushing. If left untreated tartar can lead to the development of gum disease and bad breath.

Equally as important is how you brush. You don’t need a long line of toothpaste on your brush, just use about the size of your little fingernail.

1) For the front of your front teeth, angle your brush at about 45 degrees and brush in small circular motions. Do not scrub. This also massages your gums while removing plaque
2) For the back of your front teeth, hold your brush vertically and brush up and down ensuring you brush your gums as well as your tooth surface. Brush each tooth individually. Do not scrub.
3) For your back teeth use a horizontal forward and back motion across the top of your teeth, this will help the bristles get into the deep grooves. Do not scrub. Then tilt your brush to 45 degrees – like for your front teeth – and brush the outside and inside of your back teeth and gums
4) Remember to brush your tongue, roof of your mouth and cheeks.

A thorough brushing routine should generally take between 3 – 5 minutes.

Effective flossing techniques:

Flossing can take a few attempts to master, but it’s an essential part of an oral health routine.

Flossing before bed will remove any food particles from between your teeth so they are not there all night. It’s a good idea to floss before brushing to ensure you don’t miss anything.

1) With a piece of floss approximately 50cm long, wrap it around each index finger, leaving a length of about 5cm
2) Grip the floss between your thumb and index finger and curve it around your tooth so it forms the shape of a ‘C’
3) Slide the floss up and down the side of the tooth as well as below the gum line. This will open the gum pockets and keep them free from food particles
4) Select a new, clean length of floss from around your fingers and floss each tooth individually.