Your Oral Hygiene Check-List

Your Oral Hygiene Check-List

The toothbrush is the basis of all good oral hygiene. Make sure you use one professionals recommend — your dentist will always advise you about this — and change it regularly.

Make sure that all the family has a good toothbrush in proper working order. Shared brushes shouldn’t exist in plaque-free homes.

Cultivate the habit of using dental floss. Remember that each tooth has five sides and a brpsh can clean only three of them. Flossing (again, properly demonstrated by your dentist) will help remove all bits of food and other particles stuck between each tooth.

Alternatively, you may prefer softwood sticks or a waterpick. Both are de signed to remove plaque from between the teeth — often the first place where decay Occurs.

Toothpaste — naturally! Whenever possible, always choose a fluoride one. Always make sure that you have enough — it’s not a good idea to get into the habit of occasionally skipping a brush, for whatever reason.

Disclosing tablets are the final proof of how well, or otherwise, you brush your teeth. Show the kids how to use them — and use them on yourself, too.

Dental floss

In order to clean between the teeth thoroughly, use dental floss. This isa nylon thread, made of many fine strands that fan out and glide gently under the gum margins to remove plague in this vital area. Take 25-30 cm (10-12 in) of the floss and wind one end around the middle finger of each hand (above). Holding them about 2.5 cm (1 in) apart, work the floss gently up and down between the teeth (top left), cleaning the surfaces of each tooth, including the area below the gum line(bottom left). Becareful not to cut into the gu m. Asyou workyour way right around the mouth, move your fingers to change the angle you need. You can also buy flavoured dental floss which acts in the same way as the usual type but leaves your mouth with a pleasant taste.