Am I Brushing My Teeth Correctly?

How often should I be brushing my teeth on a daily basis?

You should brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, for two minutes each time.


What times of day are best for me to be brushing my teeth?

Once in the morning, and once in the evening. It is recommended that teeth are brushed as long before breakfast as possible, and at least one hour after your evening meal.


What is plaque and what harm does it cause?

Plaque is harmful as the bacteria found within it can actually lead to gum disease if left. This is why it is so important to brush your teeth regularly, as the removal of plaque build-up can contribute hugely to your overall oral health.


What sort of toothpaste should I be using?

You need to brush your teeth using a fluoride toothpaste, the consistency of which is appropriate being determined by your age. Consult your dentist for an accurate recommendation of what fluoride level is right for you and the members of your family.


Is flossing helpful?

Yes. Flossing should be done (in addition to brushing teeth) at least once a day and can contribute greatly to the removal of plaque that can build up in areas that cannot be reached by your toothbrush. Flossing can take place either before or after you brush your teeth, but is best done in the evening time or before you go to bed.


Shall I use mouthwash?

Mouthwash can certainly be used (as long as it is done in conjunction with toothbrushing and flossing) as its liquid form can help you reach areas of the mouth that a toothbrush and flossing cannot. The other thing to keep in mind is that non-alcohol mouthwashes are recommended due to the fact that those that contain alcohol are not allowed to be used by children and can also leave you with a dry feeling in your mouth.


I have heard that plaque-disclosing tablets can help you see plaque more clearly, so that you can remove it more easily when you brushing and flossing. Would you recommend them?

While they can assist you as they make plaque more obviously visible, you will need to keep in mind that if you put them in at the wrong time of day or do not brush or floss to the necessary extent having used them, the effects of the tablets can last longer than you might like them to!

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