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How to keep your teeth clean-:

Brush your teeth with fluoridetoothpaste twice a day for at least two minutes to helpkeep your teeth and mouth healthy.

Plaque is a film of bacteria thatcoats your teeth if you don't brush them properly. It contributes to gum disease, tooth decay and cavities.

Toothbrushing stops plaque buildingup. It isn't just about moving some toothpaste around your mouth, though.You need to concentrate on the nooks and crannies to make sure you remove asmuch plaque and leftover bits of food as possible.

Toothbrushtips

Replace your brush or brush attachment every three months. Never share your toothbrush as this can spread infections. Brush your teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste for at least two minutes. Whenshould I brush my teeth?

Brush your teeth for at least twominutes in the morning before breakfast and last thing at night before yougo to bed.

Never brush your teeth straightafter a meal as it can damage your teeth, especially if you'vehad fruit, fizzy drinks, wine or any other food that contains acid.

This is because tooth enamel issoftened by the acid and can be worn away by brushing. Instead, wait an hourafter a meal before brushing your teeth to give your saliva chance toneutralise the acid.

ShouldI use an electric or manual toothbrush?

It doesn't matter whether you use anelectric or manual toothbrush. They're both equally good as long as you brushwith them properly. However, some people find it easier to clean their teeththoroughly with an electric toothbrush. 

What shouldI look for in a toothbrush?

For most adults, a toothbrush with asmall head and a compact, angled arrangement of long and short, round-endbristles is fine. Medium or soft bristles are best for most people. Use anelectric brush with an oscillating or rotating head. If in doubt, ask Dr.Manthanor Dr.Bhoomi

Whattype of toothpaste should I use?

The cleaning agents and particles intoothpaste help to remove plaque from your teeth, keeping them clean andhealthy.

Most toothpastes also containfluoride, which helps to prevent and control cavities. It’s important to use atoothpaste with the right concentration of fluoride. Check the packaging tofind out how much fluoride each brand contains.

Children aged up to three: use a smear of toothpaste containing no less than 1,000ppm (parts per million) fluoride. Children aged three to six: use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste containing 1,350-1,500ppm fluoride. Adults: use a toothpaste that contains at least 1,450ppm fluoride. It's fine for babies and children touse the family toothpaste rather than a special children's toothpaste, providedit contains the right concentration of fluoride.

Howto brush your teeth

Place the head of your toothbrush against your teeth, then tilt the bristle tips to a 45 degree angle against the gum line. Move the brush in small circular movements, several times, on all the surfaces of every tooth. Brush the outer surfaces of each tooth, upper and lower, keeping the bristles angled against the gum line. Use the same method on the inside surfaces of all your teeth. Brush the chewing surfaces of the teeth. To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several small circular strokes with the toe (the front part) of the brush. Brushing your tongue will freshen your breath and clean your mouth by removing bacteria. Howto floss

Flossing isn't just for dislodging foodwedged between your teeth. Regular flossing may also reduce gum disease and badbreath by removing plaque that forms along the gum line.

Take 12-18 inches (30-45cm) of floss and grasp it so that you have a couple of inches of floss taut between your hands. Slip the floss between the teeth and into the area between your teeth and gums, as far as it will go. Floss with 8 to 10 strokes, up and down between each tooth, to dislodge food and plaque. Floss at least once a day. The most important time to floss is before going to bed.  You can floss before or after brushing. You can use interdentalbrushes instead of flossing, especially if your teeth are veryclose together and you find it difficult to manoeuvre dentalfloss through the gap.

Avoid using toothpicks to removetrapped food from between your teeth, as you could cause your gums tobleed, which can lead to an infection.

ShouldI use mouthwash?

Yes, using a mouthwash that containsfluoride can help prevent tooth decay and help get rid of any last bitsof bacteria or leftover food that you might have missed with yourtoothbrush.

However, don't use mouthwashstraight after brushing your teeth. Choose a separate time, suchas after lunch. And don't eat or drink for 30 minutes after using afluoride mouthwash.

Many mouthwashes contain alcohol, sothey're not suitable for children, as they could swallow themaccidentally. If you use a mouthwash with alcohol, you may get a very dry mouthand dry, cracked lips due to the drying effect of the alcohol. You can avoidthis by using an alcohol-free version.

Areplaque-disclosing tablets helpful?

Plaque-disclosing tablets work bydyeing plaque either blue or red and can be very useful at showing you whichareas of your teeth you're not cleaning properly.

As the staining can last forsome hours, it’s best to use these tablets at bedtime or when you're notexpecting visitors.

 

 


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