First things first!  Make sure you are using a soft bristled toothbrush.  Medium and Hard bristled brushes should be reserved only for the kitchen and bathroom sink!

Use small round circles and aim the bristles at 45 degrees to your gums. Don't be afraid to touch the gums when brushing.

Open wide to get to the inside surfaces of your teeth (near the roof of your mouth or for near the tongue). Close up to get to the outside surfaces of teeth.

What do we recommend?

Brush twice a day.

Use a fluoride toothpaste.

Clean in between once a day! Unfortunately your toothbrush doesn't clean between your teeth, as much as the manufacturers would like you to believe. You need to floss or use interdental brushes.

Mouthwashes are unnecessary most of the time.

If you have any bleeding while you brush or floss inflammation is present and you should see a dentist.   The longer you let it go the worse the problem may become for your mouth and the rest of your body.  Many people falsely assume that if their gums bleed when they brush or floss that they should "back off".  Sometimes this is the opposite of what needs to happen. Bleeding gums should not be ignored.

At The Dental Lounge we love to share as much information as possible with our clients. As part of any scale and clean or initial hygiene visit we will happily show any client how to clean their teeth correctly so they are better equipped to prevent cavities and gum disease.

We can be contacted on (07) 5580 8855 if you would like to improve the health of your mouth.