This October is National Dental Hygiene Month, which not only aims to celebrate all of the amazing work that dental hygienists do, the idea is to also promote the importance of good oral health. In order to do that, the focus is on four simple routines that could help all of us to achieve a healthy mouth, which are: brush, floss, rinse, and chew.
Let’s just focus on ‘brush’ for now, because despite the fact that most of us do this twice a day for two minutes as advised, many people just don’t do it in the most effective way. Your dental hygienist can show you a proper brushing technique, but here is some safe advice from the American Dental Association1:
- Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums
- Gently move the brush back and forth in short (tooth-wide) strokes
- Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth
- To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes.
Sometimes it helps to think of the mouth in quadrants – upper left, upper right, bottom left, bottom right – and then focus your attention on each quarter for 30 seconds each. Often this can be a nice, simple and structured way to carry out toothbrushing, which ensures that all tooth surfaces are cleaned properly every day.
Closing the gap
Even with the best will in the world, we wont all be able to properly clean every tooth surface, and there are often recurring areas that we’ll miss. Your dentist or hygienist will be able to point these out to you, but it can be difficult to remember their advice once you’re home – old habits die hard after all.
This is where a brand new device comes in, which is closing the gap between the dental professional and patient. Brushlink is a tiny device that attaches to any toothbrush and passes brushing data back to the dental practice, allowing them to see areas that are consistently missed. This is can be discussed during appointments and then through the free app you will be able to access personalised tips and reminders from your dentist or hygienist.
If you’d like to find out more about Brushlink and how it could significantly improve your oral health, please visit www.brushlink.com.