18 Oct

Central London dentist with important advice about toothbrushes

Brushing your teeth is one of the most important ways of looking after your teeth as it removes plaque and keeps the teeth free from debris and food particles which attract bacteria and lead to enamel erosion and dental decay. As well as brushing the teeth it is also advised that you floss at least once a day to get to the areas that are hard to reach for a regular toothbrush.
When choosing a toothbrush, dentists recommend using a brush with soft bristles as this removes more plaque and bacteria. Hard bristled brushes can also can also over-stimulate the gums and cause the erosion of gum tissue. Once this tissue has been removed it cannot be restored and will leave the teeth exposed and looking uneven.
As well as having soft bristles, it is also advised that you use a brush with a small head as this will allow you to reach more areas of the mouth. This is important because it is often in these areas where plaque and bacteria build up the most and cause the most damage over time.
You should hold the brush at a forty-five degree angle which and use a small circular motion which will both remove plaque form the teeth and also stimulate the gums keeping them free from gum disease. Central London dentists recommend that you brush the teeth twice a day for at least three minutes. This will be sufficient to keep the teeth clean, although you should also keep up your six monthly check up appointments with the dentist to ensure that no other problems are developing in the harder to reach areas. Catching dental problems early is the key to successful treatment.