Oral Hygiene Instructions

  • Always use a SOFT toothbrush
  • Use a flouride toothpaste
  • Brush twice a day
  • Don't apply pressure - let your brush do the work!
  • See your dentist every 6-9 Months

 

Brushing

Place your brush at a 45 degree angle to the gum - use a gentle circular motion at the gumline.

Brush the outside sufaces and the inside surfaces of all the upper and lower teeth.

For the chewing surfaces, use a firm back and forth motion

 

Flossing

Use floss to clean where your toothbrush can't reach

  • Take about 45cm of floss and wind the ends around the middle or index fingers
  • Grip the floss firmly with the index finger and thumb
  • Guide the floss between the teeth using a gentle sawing motion just until the floss reaches between the tooth and the gum
  • Gently scrape the side each tooth using an up and down motion but be careful no to snap the floss onto the gums

 

Disclosing Gel / tablets

  • Rinse mouth with water or mouthwash.
  • Chew 1 tablet or use 5 drops of solution. Swish around for 30 seconds. Do not swallow. SPIT OUT.  CAUTION: The colour can get on your clothes. It can also colour your sink. It is probably best to spit out the colour into a disposable cup, and throw the cup away.
  • Rinse with water. The colour remaining on teeth indicates areas overlooked in brushing and may contain harmful dental plaque.
  • Thoroughly remove the colour by brushing and flossing.
  • The colour will disappear from the tongue, gums, and mouth after use.

 

Rinse

For most patients we advise after flossing and brushing that you rinse with a mouthwash.

For patients who are at more risk of decay we recommend you use a fluoride application. Please contact our surgery for further information.

 

Fluoride

What is Fluoride? Fluoride is a chemical substance known to strengthen teeth enamel making teeth less susceptilble to decay. There are three ways fluoride makes its ways to teeth:

  • Through food or water
  • Using fluoride toothpaste and mouthrinse daily/weekly
  • Topical application made directly to the surface of the teeth by your dentist
  • Fluorides are important in protecting teeth from decay in the following ways:
  • They act with minerals in saliva to restore and harden enamel damaged by the early stages of decay
  • They make fully formed teeth more resistant to decay.
  • If your water supply does not have fluoride, then additional fluoride may be recommended.
  • For children under the age of six always use a pea sized amount of reduced fluoride toothpaste, such as Colgate Junior.
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