How You Brush, Floss and Tongue Scrape
What Kind of Toothbrush Should You Choose?
If you have healthy teeth and gums, use any toothbrush you are most comfortable with, but make sure it has a small head. When suffering from any kind of tooth decay or gum disease we highly recommend you use Dr Phillips’ Blotting Brush. This will help restore your gums back to health.
Electric toothbrushes are efficient and have small heads to get deeper into the crevices between teeth.
How to Brush Your Teeth
The primary reason for cleaning your teeth is to remove plaque before it hardens on the enamel surface of your teeth or in between them. We know from statistics that a mere 2% of people brush their teeth for longer than one minute! Some families even share their toothbrush!
Most dentist and hygienist recommend the Bass technique as developed by the ‘Father of Dental Hygiene’ Dr Charles C. Bass.
Why Floss Your Teeth?
The purpose of flossing is to eliminate bacteria from the spaces between your teeth. You might think that these spaces in between your teeth are fairly tight. Unfortunately they are not at all for the bacteria. Bacteria are happy thriving in these interdental spaces destroying teeth and gums with their acids.
We recommend using dental tape instead of dental floss because it is easier to use, cleans the spaces in between your teeth faster due to its bigger surface. Due to its ribbon-like structure it is less likely to cut your gums.
Using a Tongue Scraper properly
Tongue cleaning removes millions of bacteria, decaying food debris, fungi, yeast (e.g. Candida), and dead cells. Studies have shown that in 80-95% of bad breath originates in the mouth, mainly from material at the back of the tongue.
For best results gently scrape the surface of the tongue from the back to the front. Run the scraper under the tap after every scrape.
NEVER EVER SHARE YOUR TOOTHBRUSH
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