Tips & Information
FYI The Basics
Try and brush for two minutes, time yourself and see how you measure up.
Manual toothbrushes can be as effective as an electric one, it all depends on how you use it.
A soft bristle brush is most commonly recommended, usually better than a medium and never use a hard bristle brush.
Floss BEFORE you brush for more complete, effective cleaning. It is recommended that you use it once a day to break up the bacteria before it converts into a more invasive type but it's best to remove any food that gets stuck in between your teeth as soon as possible.
My mother used to say, 'only floss the teeth you want to keep'.
Oral Health @ Work:
- to motivate you, think of all the people you interact with and how you don't want to have lunch stuck in your teeth
- have a vigorous rinse with water after eating, it will remove food debris & neutralize acids
- chew sugarless gum for a few minutes. Look for one containing 100% Xylitol (available at health food stores)
- now is an excellent time to use floss, disposible floss piks are a great option, quick, easy and no mess
- keep supplies at work, use the washroom and don't be afraid to show you care about your health