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An Introduction to Brushing

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Brushing your teeth & daily flossing  will help you maintain optimal oral health and keep your smile looking great. It  prevents gum disease & other dental related problems. In order to brush your teeth effectively, you need to ensure you are following a correct brushing method.

The most common and widely recognised method is the Bass method. The Bass Method endures plaque found at and  above your gum line is cleaned effectively thereby reducing the plaque in this area which is often neglected when not brushed correctly. The Bass technique  involves angling the brush at about 45 degrees resting the brush on the junction of tooth to gum and brushing up or down over the tooth. The movement of the brush bristles is always away from the gum. This method is technique sensitive and a lot of care is required to master the Bass method , it requires different positioning and movement on various sections of the mouth.

A manual brush is utilised, and one with soft bristles and a small head. This allows the brush to fit into the smaller areas especially on the outside of the upper molars (back teeth) and on the tongue side of the lower molars without too much difficulty. We have a wide range of toothbrushes with variety of sizes and bristle softness to suit all mouth sizes.

The Australian Dental Association recommends we use a fluoride toothpaste. We at My Oral Care have the Paro Amin toothpaste range. The children's toothpaste has 250 ppm Fluoride , with a mild mint flavour . The adult toothpaste has 1250ppm fluoride and also contains Panthenol to help strengthen the gums. Both toothpastes are SLS free . SLS has been known to cause sensitivity and even allergy in some people.

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The Correct Brushing Method

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The more commonly used technique is brushing with a circular movement. This is an easier technique to master then the Bass method and is therefore more frequently used by your dentist or oral therapist. This technique is the same movement in all areas of the mouth which enables you to concentrate and perfect the movement of the brush . Our wide range of Paro brushes will allow you to have the brush that is most suitable to you.

In persons suffering from medical issues such as arthritis, or limited movement, we recommend the OO-Brush. The OO-Brush was designed by a French dentist to help his patients that found it difficult to brush. The Oo brush is unique that it brushes the inside and outside of the teeth at the same time. It’s  based on the Bass technique and the bristles are designed to move from the gum up and over the tooth surface. It takes a little while to adjust to using it, but the results are well worth the effort.

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How Often Do I Have To Brush?

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In an ideal situation , it's recommended that you brush your teeth three times a day, after main meals. However, very few people in our society are able to do this so two times is essential.

One in the morning after breakfast and once at night before going to bed . In the morning after your breakfast allows you to clean off any plaque formed during the night and also I'df any food is left behind from breakfast. The nightly brushing is most important because our saliva flow during the night which helps protect our teeth from decay is reduced while we are sleeping.. This allows plaque to accumulate. Brushing at night allows the plaque that has accumulated during the day to be removed, greatly preventing decay and gum disease.

Sometimes it's difficult to tell if you have brushed enough or effectively, one way of testing this is to use Paro 2 tone disclosing tablets. This is made of a vegetable dye and is very effective in showing where the plaque has been left behind and how long it's been there. If the plaque is upto 3 days old, it will stain red, if it's been more then 3 days , then it will stain blue. Ideally, you should brush your teeth first before using the tablet, and once you think you have cleaned well then use the tablet to see where you have missed. This is a great teaching tool for children , to help them brush correctly as well as for adults to check if you are brushing effectively. A word of advice , do this when you have plenty of time to clean it off.

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