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Brushing The Right Way

Brushing and flossing are of paramount importance to oral hygiene. Though bi-annual professional dental cleanings remove plaque, tartar, and debris, proper brushing and flossing can enhance the health of the mouth, make the smile sparkle, and prevent serious diseases.


Proper brushing and flossing are essential because of following reasons:

Prevention of tooth decay – Tooth decay is one of the leading causes of tooth loss, and its treatment often requires complex dental procedures. Tooth decay occurs when natural enamel found on the teeth gets eroded. Easily prevented by using proper home hygiene methods.

Prevention of Periodontal disease – Periodontal disease is a progressive condition that can cause tooth loss, gum recession, and jawbone recession. Periodontal disease is caused by the toxins found in plaque and often leads to serious health problems in other organs. Cleaning plaque and calculus (tartar) from the teeth surface with the help of a toothbrush and from the interdental areas using dental floss, is an excellent way to stave off periodontal problems.

Bad Breath– Bad breath or halitosis is usually caused by old food particles or residues remaining on or between the teeth. Residues can be removed following regular brushing and flossing, leaving the mouth healthier, and breath smelling fresher.

Stain Prevention– Staining or yellowing of teeth can be caused by a wide variety of factors such as smoking, coffee, and tea. Regular cleaning using brushing and flossing techniques, the less likely it is that the stains will become permanent on teeth.

Here is a basic guide to proper brushing and maintaining your oral health:

  • Place the toothbrush where the gums and teeth meet.
  • Gently brush the gum line and teeth using circular motions
  • Do not scrub or apply too much pressure to the teeth, as this can damage the gums and tooth enamel.
  • Brush every surface of every tooth, cheek side, tongue-side, and chewing surface.
  • Brush the tongue to remove fungi, food, and debris.

If you have any questions about the correct way to brush or floss, please contact Bakery Hill Dental at  03 5332 3043.


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