Oral Hygiene Instructions
Maximising your daily oral care routine
A thorough and effecting at-home cleaning routine will ensure your long-term oral health. Brushing removes tiny food particles left from daily meals and snacks from between teeth, helping prevent tooth decay.
It’s important to brush twice a day, once after breakfast and most importantly before you go to bed so food isn’t left between teeth all night.
Equally as important is how you brush. You don’t need a long line of toothpaste on your brush, just use about the size of your little fingernail.
1) For the front of your front teeth, angle your brush at about 45 degrees and brush in small circular motions. This also massages your gums while removing plaque
2) For the back of your front teeth, hold your brush vertically and brush up and down ensuring you brush your gums as well as your tooth surface. Brush each tooth individually.
3) For your back teeth use a horizontal forward and back motion across the top of your teeth, this will help the bristles get into the deep grooves. Then tilt your brush to 45 degrees – like for your front teeth – and brush the outside and inside of your back teeth and gums
4) For fresh breath brush your tongue, roof of your mouth and cheeks.
A thorough brushing routine should take between 2 – 3 minutes.
Effective flossing techniques:
Flossing can take a few attempts to master, but it’s an essential part of an oral health routine.
Flossing before bed will remove any food particles from between your teeth that your toothbrush misses.
1) With a piece of floss approximately 50cm long, wrap it around each index finger, leaving a length of about 5cm
2) Grip the floss between your thumb and index finger and curve it around your tooth so it forms the shape of a ‘C’
3) Slide the floss up and down the side of the tooth as well as below the gum line. This will open the gum pockets and keep them free from food particles
4) Select a new, clean length of floss from around your fingers and floss each tooth individually.
Do not be alarmed if you notice blood when you rinse as this is often normal after flossing, especially if you haven’t flossed for a few days.
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If you find flossing difficult or have any questions talk to the Infinity Dental Care Winston Hills team at your next appointment. They are happy to offer some helpful tips. You can call us on (02) 9838 9111 or visit our practice in Winston Hills Mall at 180 Caroline Chisholm Drive, Winston Hills NSW 2153.