Select a toothbrush with a small head and a handle that’s comfortable to grip. Dentists recommend you should replace your brush every three months.
Brush teeth thoroughly, twice a day, for at least two minutes. One of the biggest problems people have is missing parts of their mouth when brushing.
Brush at an angle, with the bristles aiming at the gum margin. Use a circular motion as brushing back-and-forth can risk making the root surface tender and wear down the gum line.
Pay special attention to the area where the teeth meet your gums – be especially careful to brush away plaque from the area around the gums and in the gaps between teeth. Combined with regular flossing, this will help you control plaque build-up.
Be gentle! A combination of rough brushing and worn toothbrushes can damage tooth enamel.
Floss or use interdental brushes that get right between the teeth at least once a day to remove plaque, particularly from around the gum margin.
Wind a long piece of floss around a finger on each hand. The best finger to use is the middle finger as this allows you to control a short length of floss with your index fingers or thumbs ensuring you can get to all those hard to reach areas.
Push the floss against the tooth surface you are cleaning and then move the floss up and down the tooth surface to wipe the plaque off. Try not to use a sawing motion as you may damage the gum.
Rinse by using a daily fluoride mouthwash like Corsodyl Daily Defence, which contains low strength chlorhexidine digluconate and fluoride to help protect your gums and help prevent cavities
Regular check-ups to make sure your teeth and gums are in tip-top condition, visit your dentist and hygienist regularly.
Dr James Russell has been awarded the highly prestigious British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD) Accreditation in recognition of excellence in cosmetic dentistry. James also gained his Masters Certificate in Advanced Aesthetic Dentistry in 2005 at the Palm Beach Institute, Florida. James is a Director of The BACD and is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. James also lectures and instructs dentists on the art and science of cosmetic dentistry both in the UK and abroad and has helped develop new techniques for the ethical provision of cosmetic dentistry.