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Brushing Your Teeth

Q: Ideally, how many times per day should I be brushing my teeth? And how much time should I take to brush them?

A: It is recommended that you brush your teeth twice each day, brushing for two minutes each time. You should brush your teeth once in the morning and once in the evening. Try to brush as long before breakfast as you can, and at least one hour after your meal in the evening.

Q: Why do we brush our teeth?

A: Aside from the cosmetic benefits of keeping our teeth looking clean and white, we brush our teeth in order to defend our teeth and gums from the harmful build-up of plaque.

Q: Why do we need to defend our teeth and gums from plaque?

A: There is bacteria contained within plaque which, if left untreated, can lead to gum disease. Plaque rests on and in between teeth, and can also be found on the gum line. Tooth brushing and flossing are essential methods of combatting build-up of plaque and should be carried out on the recommended basis.

Q: Is there anything I should look for in a toothpaste?

A: You should always brush your teeth using a fluoride toothpaste. The level of fluoride present within your toothpaste should be considered as this is varies depending on the age of the user. If you are unsure of the level of fluoride that is right for you and the members of your family, please consult an Instore Dental dentist.

Q: Is flossing important?

A: Flossing, in combination with brushing your teeth, is most certainly an important aspect of your oral health care. Flossing should take place at least once per day, and is vital as it allows you to reach plaque in areas which you would not be able to reach with the bristles of your toothbrush.

Q: When is the best time for me to floss?

A: You can floss either before or after you brush your teeth, but as it only needs to be done once a day, we recommend that you do so in the evening or just before you go to sleep for the night.

Q: Is it helpful to use mouthwash?

A: Mouthwash, when combined with tooth brushing and flossing, is another aspect of oral health care which can be very useful. As mouthwash comes in liquid form, it can find areas of the mouth that you may have otherwise missed with a toothbrush or when flossing. If using a mouthwash, it is recommended that you use a non-alcoholic version.

Q: What are the benefits of plaque-disclosing tablets and should I consider using them?

A: The function of plaque-disclosing tablets is that they make plaque more visible, allowing you to remove the build-up more effectively and helping you to brush your teeth more comprehensively. It is important that you are careful what time of day you use these tablets, and that you brush and floss properly when you do, as otherwise you may experience some unwanted effects!