Are You Brushing Your Teeth Correctly?
When you have dental implants in Richmond, or indeed anywhere in the country, you’ll be told that while your dentist is responsible for placing the dental implant and seeing through the whole procedure, ultimately the success or failure of your dental implant may lie with you. It’s important to maintain good oral hygiene at all times or, should infection set in or you develop gingivitis, there’s a chance that your gums will weaken and your implant will become loose and may fall out. If this is the case and it’s clearly your fault and not that of the dentist placing the implant incorrectly, or into bone that is not deep or strong enough, then not only will you have to get your oral hygiene back on par, but you’ll also incur the expense of having a new dental implant placed.
So you’ve been brushing for two minutes and then flossing once a day, but how do you know that you’re brushing technique is correct? How can you tell?
The best way to find this out is to ask your dentist? He or she will be able to tell right away and they can book you an appointment with their hygienist who will be happy to take you through the process of brushing and make sure you’re doing it correctly.
Correct brushing technique
Never use a hard bristled toothbrush since this can damage the gums. Instead choose a medium or soft brush and use it a minimum of twice a day. Many people brush for just a few seconds whereas in reality you need to be spending at least 2 minutes a day. It’s surprising how long this seems so if you’re unsure of the time you’re spending brushing, then keep a timer handy in the bathroom. Many electric toothbrushes come with timers which alert you as to when to brush a different area of your mouth, as well as when two minutes have elapsed.
Hold your brush at an angle of about 45 degrees and simply run your toothbrush over your teeth using light vertical strokes. Put too much force into your brushing and you’ll end up damaging your teeth and gums. Once you’ve brushed the outside of each tooth then begin with the inside of each tooth. Then brush across the tops of your molars. Pay particular attention to the gumline. You should even brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth.
Now wash your mouth out with water and start flossing. This should be done by carefully working the thread between each tooth to remove any small particles which your brush couldn’t reach. Once you’ve done this then wash your mouth around using a mouthwash for about 45 seconds. Your mouth should now feel fresh and clean and your teeth nice and smooth when you run your tongue over them.
Following your dental implant in Richmond, here at Sheen Dental we’ll give you a full set of instructions with regards to post surgery care and brushing around your dental implant. Meanwhile if you’d like to learn more about dental implants then why not come and talk to us. You can book a free no-obligation consultation by calling on 020 8876 5277 or visiting our website at www.sheendental.co.uk.