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Brushing and Flossing Tips
Brushing and flossing are an important part of the oral hygiene routine so it’s important to make sure you’re getting the most out of your technique. For Dental Health Week we want to share some tips to make sure you keep your deadly smile for life:
Replace your toothbrush regularly
- Old and frayed toothbrushes won’t brush your teeth properly and can also collect bacteria. It is recommended you change your toothbrush every 3-4 months, if it’s frayed or after you’ve been sick.
Build a brushing routine
- Creating a routine can help make sure you don’t miss any surfaces. Your routine should go for 2 minutes and include the outside, inside and chewing surfaces of your teeth as well as your gums and tongue.
Don’t forget your tongue
- A lot of bacteria lives on your tongue so it’s important to brush it every morning and night. By gently scraping in a forward motion along the surface of the tongue you can remove these germs and prevent issues like bad breath.
Floss at least once a day and don’t reuse floss
- Using floss or interdental brushes helps reach the difficult areas between your teeth and can prevent gum disease and bad breath.
- You might think that brushing harder will get rid of plaque and germs faster however this can damage your gums and tooth enamel.
Visit the dentist if you need advice
- Every mouth is different so if you’re experiencing any issues or discomfort brushing your teeth we encourage you speak with your dentist or oral health therapist.