There is a new toothbrush that will be on the market later this year
This new toothbrush has sensors that will tell you that the plaque at the area you are brushing is removed.
Plaque is a sticky mass of bacteria that forms every day at our gumline and tooth surface. If plaque is not removed between your teeth gumline and tooth surface, plaque will crystallize in 24 to 48 hours.
Once plaque crystallizes only dental instruments can remove it
Finger flossing is the best way to remove plaque between your teeth and behind the last tooth in each corner of your mouth. There are small brushes with a long handle that can be used. Those small green plastic flossers should be used for front teeth only. As you go towards your back teeth those plastic flossers do not remove all the plaque from your side and back teeth.
Patients who do not floss correctly daily eventually will loose their teeth . Brushing only can't remove the plaque from between your tooth gumline and sides of your teeth.
Brushing your teeth with a soft toothbrush will remove plaque from the gumline to the edge of your teeth.
You floss your teeth first. You take your floss (teflon floss is the best) and you start with the last tooth in your mouth. You have 4 corners- upper right, lower right, upper left and lower left. You gently slide the floss down as far as you can. You gently move the floss up and down to remove the plaque , rotting food.
If you start to bleed, don't stop. It means your gums are irritated from the debri between your teeth. And gum line. After the last tooth is flossed, move forward to the next two teeth. Move the floss to a clean area. Between the next two teeth you place the floss gently down the side of the front of the back tooth and go down as far as you can. Move the floss gently up and down, place the floss along the side of the tooth going down as far as you can.
Remember you are flossing your teeth. Don't snap the floss on gum tissue. You are removing plaque and debri from your tooth surface.
You floss all of your teeth first. If you bleed the bleeding will stop.
Rinse your mouth with warm salt water. Take a soft toothbrush. Starting behind your last tooth, brush
Gently back and forth and move your toothbrush to the gumline of your last two teeth. Gently brush back and forth. If you see blood, gently brush and move your toothbrush to the next two teeth. You gently brush your teeth gumline area until you get to the opposite side. Brush behind your last tooth and move your toothbrush to the gumline where your tongue or palate are. Gently brush your gumline all around until you get back to where you started.
Do the upper or lower teeth that still need brushing. Even if you see blood, keep gently flossing and brushing. Your teeth have not been flossed and brushed correctly. Now you brush the flat surfaces of your teeth upper and lower.
Rinse your mouth with warm salt water. You now need to clean your tongue. You can use a tongue cleaner or take a plastic tea- spoon. Turn the spoon so the round part is facing your palate. Place the tongue cleaner or teaspoon in the middle of your tongue as far back without gagging. Gently move the tongue cleaner or teaspoon foreward and out of your mouth. You will see a slimy whitish mass of material. That is what was hiding out in the nooks and crannies of your tongue. When you are finished rinse your mouth with salt water and gargle.
Your mouth, teeth, tongue should feel great! That is how you should floss your teeth correctly and brush your teeth correctly and clean your tongue.
To clean between your teeth you have to floss correctly first. No toothbrush can remove plaque from between the gumline of your teeth.
Air and water irrigators- cannot remove plaque.
Plaque is a mass of bacteria that forms every day and must be removed with correct flossing. You remove the plaque off your gumline front, back and flat surfaces with your toothbrush.
To keep your teeth as long as you live you have to do daily flossing correctly and brushing correctly.
Philadelphia Dental Laser And Cosmetic Dentistry LLC
3016 Township Line Rd
Drexel Hill, PA 19026
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