The common enemy of our teeth and gums is "Plaque", It is a sticky film of bacteria which causes tooth decay. When this plaque attacks the gums it causes gingivitis and if untreated leads to periodontitis and ultimately tooth loss.
Tooth brushing removes plaque and food particles from the outer, inner and upper surfaces of the teeth.
Tooth Brushing Technique
- Brushing your teeth at least twice daily helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease, the major causes of tooth loss.
- On outer and inner surfaces, brush at a 45-degree angle along gum with upward stroke for lower teeth and downward stoke for upper teeth.
- On occlusal surface back and forth motion.
- On inside surfaces of front teeth, tilt brush vertically and use gentle up-and-down strokes with toe of brush.
- Use a soft-bristle brush remove plaque and food particles.
- Replace your brush every two to three months.
- Flossing daily removes plaque and food particles between teeth and below the gum line.
- Wrap an 18-inch strand around your middle fingers and hold a one-inch section tightly.
- Ease floss between your teeth. Clean up and down several times while curving around teeth at the gum line. Don't scrub.
- Always floss behind the last tooth.
Other Preventive Measure
Avoid sticky and sweetened food.
Use the fluoride tooth paste if your area water is deficient in fluoride content
Visit you dentist for fluoride application .
If your teeth have deep pits on biting surface, consult your dentist for Pit & Fissure application. it is very helpful in preventing caries.
If there is a tooth pain or cavity get it filled at the earliest.
Visit your dentist after every six months.