• Fresh Dental Care

Brushing your teeth - Top tips


We all think we know how to clean our teeth; it seems such a basic task. However, there is more to it than meets the eye.


Firstly, we need to understand the enemy – it’s plaque. This is a bio film of bacteria that build up on the teeth around the gum area. The bacteria that are present in saliva fix themselves to the teeth by producing sticky starch like molecules and this, along with the bugs, make plaque. It takes twelve hours to form and thus we need to brush it off twice a day


If left on the teeth the bacteria produce toxins which cause inflammation in the gum called gingivitis. This will make the gums red and swollen and prone to bleed when brushed.


If the plaque is left for longer it will harden, by the action of the calcium that is present in saliva, into tartar


Tartar, if left, caused the gums to be pushed back and teeth can be lost due to the resultant gum disease.


The method:


  • Put a pea sized amount of fluoride toothpaste on a compact medium brush and angle this at 45° to the gums, moving it in small circles over the areas where teeth and gums meet. Cover all the areas. Now clean the top surfaces of the teeth.

  • Take an interspace brush, which is a very small pointed head of bristles, and clean in between the teeth, particularly in the area around the lower front teeth where a lot  tartar tends to form.

  • Floss with dental tape the lower front six teeth and, if you can, all the rest.

  • Rinse with a non alcohol fluoride rinse.


Following this regime will mean that you’re in the champion league for dental hygiene – well done!


Hold on! Don’t forget to visit the dentist for regular examinations and professional cleaning by a hygienist every six months.


If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment, please contact us!

Recent Posts

See All

Book a Smile Consultation

To take the first step towards achieving the smile you’ve always wanted, you can book a free smile consultation with our Treatment Coordinator who will be happy to explain your various treatment options in more detail.

Fresh Dental Care

Fresh Dental Care
6 Tolherst Court
Turkey Mill
Maidstone, Kent
ME14 5SF

Monday: 

Tuesday: 

Wednesday: 

Thursday: 

Friday: 

Saturday: 

Sunday: 

Opening Hours: 

 8:30am - 5pm

 8:30am - 5pm

8:30am - 5pm

8:30am - 5pm

8:30am - 5pm

Closed

 Closed

*One per month (or by appointment)

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
  • Instagram
  • Blog

© 2018 Fresh Dental Care. All Rights Reserved. | Cookie & Privacy Policy

Authorised: DFW DFVO