Teeth Brushing Basics: "Oh, I better remember to brush!"
Brushing your teeth is one of the most basic actions we can take to maintain a healthy mouth. How many times have you thought, "Oh, I better remember to brush..." Here is a mnemonic device to help us "brush up" on our brushing teeth skills. Just think of that phrase "Oh, I better remember!!
1) O- Outside: Using light pressure, gently brush the outside surfaces of your teeth in a circular motion. This is easily accomplished by positioning the tooth brush at a 45 degree angle where your gums and teeth meet, and using small, gentle strokes.
2) I- Inside: Use the same technique mentioned above to brush the inside back teeth. To brush the inside surfaces of your front and bottom teeth, hold the brush vertically and brush back and forth over each tooth and the surrounding gum lines.
3) B- Biting Surfaces: Next, clean all of the biting surfaces in your mouth. Change the position of your toothbrush as often as needed to reach and clean all surfaces. Feel free to use a mirror to help you see what you are brushing.
4) R- Rinse: After you are finished brushing all surfaces, rinse your mouth thoroughly to remove any plaque that may have been loosened when brushing.
Oral hygiene is very important to dental health. Three out of 4 adults over 35 are affected by periodontal disease (gum disease), at some point in their life. This is because bacterial plaque sticks to the gumlime and teeth causing gum disease and decay. The best way to prevent this colorless film of plaque is to brush and floss your teeth daily. Use the phrase, "Oh, I better remember!" Outside, Inside, Biting Surfaces and Rinsing are the keys to helping brush more effectively.