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Oral Health,Brushing and Flossing, Tooth and Gum Decay

It is highly recommended, that apart from regular visits to the dentist, that both brushing and flossing are best for the preservation of Oral Health.

For the removal of plaque, which is the prime cause of tooth and gum decay, the brushing of the teeth is essential at least two times each day. There is a right and a wrong way to maximize the effect of brushing your teeth. Here are a few tips about how it should be done.

Tips for Brushing Teeth.

  1. Choose a toothbrush which has rounded but soft bristles. Make sure the size and shape of the brush is suitable for reaching the teeth at the back of the mouth. The toothbrush should be replaced at the first signs of bristle wear.
  1. Begin brushing where the gums and teeth meet together, try brushing at an angle of 45 degrees. Avoid scrubbing the teeth since it may lead to the gums receding and lead to decay later. Always use a gentle circular motion.
  1. Make sure to clean every surface of the tooth, including the top and the cheek inside
  1. Slowly does it!! Take about 2/3 minutes for the brushing process, and do not forget to brush the tongue.

Tips for Flossing Teeth.

  1. Take a suitable length of floss and use your middle and index finger to manipulate the floss into a usable condition.
  1. Between the teeth and gum form a “C” shape so that you are able to wipe from bottom to the top of the tooth. Do this 2 or 3 times
  1. Floss both sides of the tooth, even stretching to the molars at the back. Use new Floss as is necessary.

This act of Flossing removes plaque and bacteria from areas which are normally difficult to reach with a toothbrush. A regular habit should be formed of flossing at least one time per day.

Sometimes the elderly may find it hard to hold the Floss, so they should try enlarging the gripping area in some manner, there are dental floss holders available, or even dental tape. The local dentist can advise in this matter.