Dental Hygiene for Adults

Viviane Kardoush and Kimber Leigh Ram answer your questions on dental hygiene for adults and children. Keep those sparklers healthy!!!

Viviane Kardoush and Kimber Leigh Ram answer your questions on dental hygiene for adults and children. Keep those sparklers healthy!!!What’s the best toothbrush for an adult?
The best toothbrush for an adult to use is a soft toothbrush. Gum recession occurs when adults use a medium to hard toothbrush, or apply too much pressure when brushing. As well, power toothbrushes are very effective when used properly.

What’s the best brushing technique?
For many people, the best brushing technique is the modified bass technique. This
involves angling the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle into the gum line, make two or
three giggling motions into the gum line, then making a sweeping motion downwards
and away from the tooth, this is done on each tooth, front and back.

How often should I floss?
Flossing for most is recommended one time a day.

Why should I floss?
We have four surface to our teeth, brushing cleans two of the surfaces (front and back),
therefore we need floss to clean the other two aspects ( the sides of the tooth).

How can I keep my teeth white?
One way to keep your teeth whiter without the help of professional whitening systems
is to avoid drinks which tend to cause staining such as tea and coffee. As well, smoking
causes staining on teeth.

How can I prevent tooth problems?
You can help prevent tooth problems by brushing twice a day, flossing one time a day,
seeing your dental hygienist regularly, as well as going for a dental check up yearly.

How often should I get my teeth professionally cleaned?
The frequency of getting your teeth professionally cleaned depends on the individual.
Your dental hygienist will give you their professional opinion, it can vary between once
every couple months, to once a year.

How often should I visit my dentist for a check up?
You should have a check up by a dentist once a year preferably.