Brushing & Flossing-
How should I brush?
Using a soft bristle brush, aim the bristles at the gum line at an angle of 45 degrees. Push gently and jiggle the brush in short half tooth movements. Clean the ousides and the inside of the upper and lower teeth keeping the brush aimed at the gum-line.
What about using an electric toothbrush?
Powered toothbrushes are not necessarily the answer to good oral hygiene. Basically those who are NOT good at brushing with an ordinary toothbrush invariably will not get all the difficult-to-reach spots with the powered alternative.
Ask your dentist or dental therapist at Trigger Dental which option is the best for you.
How should I floss?
Break off about 40cm of dental floss or tape and wind the ends around your index fingers. Support the floss with your thumbs for the top teeth or our two middle fingers for the lower teeth. Keep your fingers as close ogether as possible leaving about a 2.5cm or 1 inch gap. Ease the floss or tape through the tight aea where the teeth touch, slide the floss up and down the tooth surfae to the gum line and back. Use a fresh area of floss for each space.
What about mouth wash?
It is definitely not necessary to use mouthwash as a part of your regular routine. However, in some situations, your dentist may advise the use of a mouthwash for a limited period of time.
Conact us at Trigger Dental for more information or a demonstration on brushing and flossing.
Why have healthy gums?
Healhy gums are one of he secrets to a great smile and keeping your teeth for life. Healthy gums perform the important role of protecting the underlying fibres and bone that hold the teeth in place.
What do healthy gums look like?
Healthy gums are pink, firm and do not bleed when brushed or flossed. When looked at closely they have a slightly stippled or spotty appearance.
What do unhealthy gums look like?
Unhealthy gums are often inflamed, red and shiny in appearance. They bleed easily especially when brushed or flossed.
What if my gums bleed?
Bleeding gums are quite common when you first begin to correct the way you brush and floss. It is only temporary as long as you do not avoid brushing or flossing the area, if anything it is a sign to brush more rather than less.
For the first few days the gums will usually feel sore and bleed, however by the fourth day the gums wil almost be healed and in most cases the bleeding will stop. After that as long as the plaque is removed thoroughly at least once a day, the gums will stay pink and won’t bleed.
Bad breath can have many different causes such as smoking, foods and drinks, gum disease or gastric reflux.
Thorough daily cleaning including brushing the tongue is the best defence against bad breath, if it persists see our dentist for advice.