Within an hour of brushing your teeth, plaque starts to form on the teeth surfaces. Plaque is a film of densely packed bacteria and it is these bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease.
Without a good brushing technique, these plaque bacteria will become firmly attached to the tooth. It is then that you may notice bleeding gums, the first sign of gum disease.
In order to prevent gum disease it is important to ensure that a good tooth brushing regime and technique is established. The following points should help.
- Make sure that you are using a good toothbrush and preferably one recommended by your dentist or dental hygienist. A good electric, rechargeable, round headed toothbrush will often help to remove more plaque.
- Brush your teeth first thing in the morning and last thing at night.
- Brush your teeth for between 2 and 3 minutes.
- Use fluoride toothpaste.
- Make sure that you brush all the surfaces of your teeth.
- Ensure that the brush is brought in to contact with your gum as well.
- See your dentist and hygienist regularly and allow them to demonstrate a good brushing technique.
- Remember to change your toothbrush regularly.
If you are in any doubt whatsoever, be sure to contact our dentist or hygienist for further advice. We look forward to hearing from you.