A dental care is the maintenance of healthy teeth; the practice of keeping the mouth & teeth clean in order to prevent dental disorders.
A) Brushing your teeth is an important part of your dental care routine, for a healthy mouth & smile. Brushing your teeth for two minutes two times per day is essential.
The correct way to brush your teeth is to:
1. Place your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to the gums.
2. Gently move the brush back & forth in short (tooth-wide) strokes.
3. Brush the outer surfaces , the inner surfaces & the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
4. Brush the inside surfaces of teeth using the same back & forth technique.
5. To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically & make several up-&-down strokes.
* Use a soft bristled brush. The size & shape of your brush should fit your mouth allowing you to reach all areas easily.
* Replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won't do a good job of cleaning your teeth.
* Over brushing or brushing too hard will damage the teeth & gums if continued for long periods of time.
Of course, brushing your teeth is only a part of a complete dental care routine.
B) Floss everyday- Clean between teeth daily once a day with the help of dental floss. Tooth decay - causing bacteria still linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can't reach. Flossing helps remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth & under the gum line.
How to Floss?
1. Pull 18 to 24 inches of dental floss from the floss dispenser.
2. Wrap the ends of the floss around your fingers. Leave a couple of inches free on each side.
3. Gently follow the curves of your teeth. Move the floss back & forth in a push-pull motion & up-&-down against the side of each tooth.
4. Be sure to clean the gumline.
5. Avoid forcing or snapping the floss.
6. Don't forget the backside either.
Having a trouble while flossing with your hands?
* Dental floss holders help you floss your teeth if you have trouble doing it with floss alone. They work by securing the floss on plastic or wooden holders & are useful if you have trouble flossing with your hands.
* Dental floss holders are threaded each time & can be used over & over again but you can also buy disposable flossers that are already pre-threaded with dental floss.
* The most important thing about cleaning between your teeth is that you do it every day.
* If you don't floss, you are missing 40% of your tooth surfaces.
C) Eat a Balanced Diet
> Eat a balanced diet that limits sugary beverages & snacks.
> Be sure to brush your tongue to remove odour - causing bacteria.
> Visit your dentist every six months for an oral exam & professional cleaning.