Brushing your teeth with any toothbrush, twice a day for two minutes, is necessary to remove plaque. What makes an ultra-soft toothbrush different is that it will treat your tooth enamel and your gums gently.
The enamel of your tooth is as thin as an eggshell and brushing too hard with a standard toothbrush will wear that enamel down, leading to sensitive teeth and a greater potential for developing gingivitis.
Using an ultrasoft toothbrush will help you protect the tooth enamel and avoid gum recession.
Good brushing with an ultra-soft toothbrush is performed in the same manner as a standard toothbrush. To properly brush your teeth, it takes at least two minutes paying adequate attention to each area of the mouth.
Use short gentle strokes and start in the back.
- Clean around the outer surfaces of the upper teeth, then move to the lower teeth on the outside.
- Clean around the inner surfaces of the upper teeth then move to the lower teeth on the inside.
- Clean along the chewing surface.
- Be sure to use your ultra-soft toothbrush on your tongue. The textured surface cleans your tongue and helps prevent bad breath.
- Tilt the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle and gently brush along the top teeth and the gum line in a sweeping motion. Repeat for the bottom teeth.
The key is to treat each area of the mouth, while effectively brushing to dislodge food particles and avoid the build-up of plaque.
How Often Do You Need to Brush?
Most people follow the recommendation of the American Dental Association and brush at least twice a day. Someone with very sensitive teeth may find it hurtful to brush that often. Another who eats small meals several times a day, may wish to brush and floss more often to keep their teeth clean. The frequency of brushing may change, subject to guidance from a dentist.
Why You Need to Floss
Brushing by itself isn’t enough to clean your teeth. No toothbrush can penetrate the spaces between your teeth, nor reach below the gum line where 80 to 90 percent of decay and periodontal disease occur.
How to Floss Properly
Start with about 18? of floss. Wind most of it around each middle finger and leave about 2? of floss to work with
- Hold the floss taut between thumb and index fingers of each hand, then slide it gently up and down between your teeth
- Gently curve the floss around the base of each tooth, carefully sliding beneath the gum line.
- Do not snap or force the floss, as this can cut or bruise the soft tissue of the gum
- Change to a clean section of floss as you move from tooth to tooth
- To remove the floss from a tooth, use the same gentle back and forth motion to bring the floss away from the gums.
How Often Do You Need to Floss?
You should floss your teeth frequently: in the morning when you wake, before bed and after any meal where you consume solids. This helps keep food and other particles out of the gum line, plus they will not collect between the teeth, where they contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria.
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