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Dental Health Week- Brushing

Brushing

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t give much thought to how you brush your teeth, beyond squirting on some toothpaste and scrubbing back and forth. But as your dentist will tell you, how you brush your teeth matters a great deal, with how often you brush, how long you brush, the kind of technique and the toothbrush you use are all major influences on the effectiveness of your brushing.

To gain the maximum benefit from brushing, you should brush for at least two minutes morning and night, using a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head and a flexible neck. The advantage of these toothbrushes is that they remove the plaque and debris from your teeth without damaging your teeth and gums.

It’s all in the technique

You should clean your teeth systematically, starting at the back of your mouth with the toothbrush bristle at the gum line on a 45° angle, brushing gently in a circular motion. If you scrub too hard from side to side, you can run the risk of causing your gums to recede, as well as damaging the tooth enamel. You should take care to brush carefully along the inner, outer and chewing surfaces, making sure you tip the toothbrush so you can reach the inner front areas of the teeth, which are often missed.

And yes, while it may seem strange at first to brush your tongue, doing so actually reduces the bacteria in your mouth and helps your breath stay fresh. All you need to do is push the bristles on the tongue and scrape gently forward.
When you have finished brushing, try to spit out the toothpaste and don’t rinse with water. Leaving some toothpaste on your teeth is a really great way to give your teeth some extra ongoing protection.

Tools of the trade

If limited dexterity is an issue, you might consider using a powered toothbrush. They can be programmed to run for two minutes, making keeping to the correct length of brushing time easy. If you’re not sure which type of brush will work for you or your family, check with your dentist.

General tips

Tempting as it is to think that pressing harder on your teeth equals a better clean, the fact is that too much pressure can damage your gums and tooth enamel. If the bristles are wearing out on your toothbrushes well before the three-month mark, you’re pressing too hard and you should ask your dentist to show you a less damaging technique. It’s also a good idea to replace your brush, whether manual or powered, when either the bristles start to spread apart, or every three months, whichever comes first.

 

World Oral Health Day smartphone game

This exciting new game is available in English, French and Spanish is designed to help bring oral health education to life in a simple yet distinctive way. It challenges people to think more meaningfully about their oral health routine and the simple steps that could be taken to enhance it.

The game is available for download via the Apple Store and Google Play (simply search ‘Mad Mouths’).

Google Play

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.npb.MadMouths&hl=en

Apple Store

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mad-mouths/id1078998116?mt=8

 

World Oral Health Day Video

The short and engaging video is a montage of two people attempting (and failing!) activities such as dancing, meditating and shaving while brushing their teeth. These absurd scenes highlight the need to dedicate time to oral care and share a simple campaign message: It all starts here. Brush teeth for two minutes, twice daily to improve an oral care routine.

 

 

Phillips Zoom Whitening

Philips Zoom in-chair whitening can achieve up to 8 shades whiter teeth in just 1 hour.

Teeth Whitening Melbourne

If you are considering whitening options for your teeth, please arrange an appointment with one of our practitioners to discuss your treatment options and to determine your suitability.

At South Yarra Dental Group, we offer the latest in Teeth Whitening Technology, Philips Zoom Whitespeed. Philips Zoom Teeth Whitening is a safe and effective way to whiten your teeth by up to eight shades. While other non-professional whitening products may cause harm to teeth and gums, using Philips Zoom with Relief ACP actually gives you greater protection and care for your whiter tooth enamel.

South Yarra Dental Group has extensive experience with Philips Zoom teeth whitening. We’ve been a provider of  Zoom Teeth Whitening in Melbourne & Australia over 10 years!

Zoom WhiteSpeed is the only in-office system that has a variable intensity setting so each treatment can be customised to maximize patient comfort. The system also includes desensitizers to help minimize sensitivity and protect your enamel. Our dental practitioners are given further training by Philips Zoom to ensure it is delivered safely and effectively. Philips Zoom has been clinically proven to whiten up to eight shades so you can achieve a brighter, whiter smile in just one hour. To determine your suitability, you must schedule an examination appointment.  Please call us on 98273314 or  CLICK HERE book online.