Proper Techniques to Clean Your Teeth

Dentist working on a patientSo you do everything you can to take care of your pearly whites. You avoid sweets, quit smoking, and visit the dental clinic in Townsville at least twice a year. Of course, you also regularly clean your teeth by brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash. But do you use the proper cleaning techniques?

Brushing

It takes about two minutes to brush your pearly whites properly. Start by positioning your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gum line. Then, gently brush the outer surface of your teeth up to your gum line with small circular and back-and-forth movements. To reach the inner surface, tilt your toothbrush vertically and do the brushing movements again. Don’t forget to brush your tongue as well. Finish up by spitting the toothpaste out but don’t rinse your mouth for fluoride retention.

Flossing

Best done while looking in the mirror, begin flossing by winding the floss’s ends around each of your forefingers, leaving an inch or two between them for your use. Then, hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers and gently slide it between your teeth. To start cleaning, go up-and-down and curve the floss into a C-shape to reach beneath the gum line. Do the same for every tooth, but remember to use clean portions of the floss as you go along.

Using mouthwash

Often coming after brushing and flossing, properly using mouthwash primarily involves the right amount and how long to gargle the rinse. Depending on the brand, you usually have to swish 20 millilitres of oral rinse around your mouth between 30 and 60 seconds. For proper use, always check the label for instructions. Lastly, like brushing, it’s best to avoid rinsing after swishing mouthwash to protect your teeth longer.

Don’t let your efforts to take care of your pearly whites go to waste because of improper cleaning technique. Learn the right way to brush, floss, and use mouthwash to better care for your teeth.