Place the bristles at the gum margin, establishing an angle of 45 degrees to the long axis of the teeth. Exert gentle vibratory pressure, using short back-and-forth motions without dislodging the tip of the bristles. Complete approximately 20 strokes in the same position.
Continue around the arch, brushing around three teeth at a time, and then use the same method to brush the inner surfaces of the teeth. To help reach the inner surfaces of the front teeth, insert the brush vertically.
Press the bristles firmly into the chewing surfaces of the teeth and brush with about 20 back-and-forth strokes
Dental floss is the best way to clean the tooth surfaces between the teeth.
Different types of floss are available, such as regular floss, dental tape and
superfloss. Floss is also available on a plastic holder, in the shape of a bow.
It forms "the string of the bow" and it makes flossing very manageable.
Start with apiece of floss long enough to grasp securely; 12 to 18 inches is usually sufficient. Stretch the floss tightly between the thumb and forefingers.
Pass the floss gently through each contact area of the tooth with a firm back-and-forth motion.
Once the floss is below the contact area between the teeth,wrap the floss around the proximal surface of one tooth, and slip it under the gum margin. Move the floss firmly along the tooth up to the contact area and gently down into the gum margin again, repeating this up and down stroke several times.
Interdental Hygiene Aid
Interdental (interproximal) brushes
These are triangular shaped small brushes. They are very useful for cleaning between the teeth. They fit onto a plastic handle, and are available in varying sizes. Select the size of brush that is best suited to you. Gently push the brush back and forth into the spaces between the teeth.
This Interdental brush is best suited to teeth that have spaces between them, caused by gum recession, or following gum treatment. Some degree of gum recession is seen in most mouths by middle age, and in those with gum disease, at any age.
End or single tuft toothbrushes
These are toothbrushes with only one tuft of bristles. They are used where the normal, multi-tufted toothbrushes cannot reach. These brushes are designed for brushing around crowns, bridges, displaced and rotated teeth. Gum recession creates spaces between the teeth that need to be kept free of food and plaque.
Interdental rubber tip stimulators
These are pointed rubber tips that are fitted to a handle. They are used to stimulate and toughen up the triangular soft gum between teeth. Your dentist or periodontist will tell you if you need them.