Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Correct way to brush your teeth

Did everyone see the Season 2 episode of Glee where Carl the dentist comes in and checks everyone for plaque? (I loved the Brittany/Britney dream sequences.)


First of all, those plaque disclosing tablets are real! We used them in clinic. You chew on a small tablet that stains areas with heavy plaque- mostly on the gum line and interproximal boundaries between teeth. It is an easy quick way to figure out how much plaque your patient has. This gives you a chance to talk with your patient about efficient plaque removal.

So what can you do to get rid of plaque? Brush correctly using the modified Bass technique. Put a dallop of your favorite toothpaste (must have fluoride) on a soft-bristle toothbrush. Hold your toothbrush pointing 45 degrees toward surface and use small vibrating motions against the gumline. Repeat with the palatal/inside surfaces then occlusal/biting surfaces. Don’t forget about your tongue.

From the Colgate website:


Brush your teeth at least twice a day: morning and evening. Once every 12 hours is necessary to control your oral bacteria flora. Floss daily.

Does anyone brush their teeth for two minutes?
Try doing it for a few days. Hint: sing Happy Birthday to yourself twice.


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