Brushing your teeth
When brushing your teeth, gently brush in circular motions using small, gentle strokes. Position the brush at a 45-degree angle where your gums and teeth meet. Do not put too much pressure on your teeth to where you feel discomfort.
Brush both the outside surfaces of your teeth in this way as well as cleaning the inside of the back teeth.
Cleaning the inside surfaces of the upper and lower teeth by holding the brush vertically. Make several, yet gentle, back and forth strokes over each tooth. It is also important to remember to brush the surrounding gum tissue.
The next part is cleaning the biting surfaces of your teeth by using short, gentle strokes. Clean all surfaces and position the brush accordingly to reach all the tougher to reach spots. Watch yourself in the mirror as you do this to make sure each surface has been cleaned. When you’re done, rinse thoroughly with water. This removes plaque that you might have loosened while brushing.
Mooresville Dentist can answer any questions you may have about brushing properly.
Flossing your teeth
To prevent periodontal disease, you will need to floss between your teeth where the toothbrush cannot reach. Flossing is quite effective in removing plaque from those surfaces.
Using a piece of waxed floss (around 18 inches long), lightly wrap most of the floss around the middle finger of one hand. Wrap the remainder of the floss around the middle finger of the other hand.
When cleaning the upper teeth, hold the floss tightly between your thumb and forefinger of each hand. Gently insert the floss between the two teeth and use a back and forth motion. Bring the floss to the gum line area and curve it into a C shape against one tooth. Slide it in the space between the gum and tooth until you feel light resistance. Move the floss up and don on the side of one tooth. Floss between each tooth and on each of their sides and make sure not to cut the gum tissue. As you floss each tooth, you will need to unwrap some of your floss that is on your fingers to get a fresh section.
Do the same with the bottom teeth. Guide the floss between each tooth while cleaning the sides, too. Do not forget about the back side of the last tooth.
If you notice any soreness or bleeding, it could be due to being too rough with the floss and gums. As you floss daily, the plaque will be removed and your gums will heal and the bleeding will stop.
After dental treatments, sometimes teeth can be sensitive to hot and cold foods or drinks. If the mouth is not kept clean, the sensitivity will continue and may become more severe. You may need to consult your dentist and they may recommend a special toothpaste or mouse rinse that is made for sensitive teeth.
To schedule an appointment at our office, call our Mooresville Dentist office at (704) 660-1120