Many patients don’t realize that the effects of periodontal (gum) disease are cumulative, and if left untreated may lead to tooth loss. The first sign of gum disease is inflammation and irritation of the gums themselves. Toxins found in plaque surrounding the gum line cause this inflammation. The good news is that proper daily oral hygiene greatly minimizes the chances that periodontal disease will occur. It may even prevent the disease...Dr. Parker and team with ourSan Bruno, CA Periodontics Dentist would like to review the basics of proper brushing and flossing techniques.
Proper Brushing Techniques:
1. Remember to brush at least twice a day - once in the morning, and once in the evening. For patients unsure of which toothbrush will best fit their needs, the Dentist will gladly help make the proper selection.
2. Position the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle where the teeth and the gums meet.
3. Brush gently in small circular motions to clean the gum line and the teeth.
4. Never apply too much pressure to the teeth and gums. This action may damage gums and tooth enamel.
5. Don’t leave any area uncleaned, brush every surface of every tooth along with the cheek and tongue. Remember to brush the back teeth thoroughly.
6. Use back and forth brush strokes to clean the chewing surfaces.
7. Brush the tongue to remove fungi and leftover food particles.
Proper Flossing Techniques:
Flossing is a highly effective way to remove plaque from between the teeth. There are many flossing types and flavors on the market. Choose one that is both easy to use and pleasant to taste.
1. Cut an 18” long piece of floss.
2. Wrap the top end of the floss around the middle finger of the left hand, and the bottom end around the middle finger of the right hand until the hands are 2-3 inches apart.
3. Work the floss both gently and thoroughly between the teeth, toward the gum line.
4. Curve the floss in a U-shape around each tooth individually, carefully sliding it beneath the gum line.
5. Gently and carefully move the floss up and down several times to remove inter-dental plaque and debris
For patients with additional questions, the dental hygienist with our San Bruno Dental Office will gladly answer them for you.
San Bruno Dentist Shares Brushing and Flossing Tips