Why is tooth cleaning necessary?
In our previous blogs we have already mentioned that 15-20 minutes after a thorough tooth cleaning plaques starts to develop. From this thin layer of plaque a solid layer of plaque can develop which can lead to tooth decay and gum recession resulting in tooth loss. While brushing our teeth we get rid of this thin layer of plaque.
‘You are what you eat.’
It is now true for many reasons: one hand, our teeth need vitamins and minerals (soon comes more in with another blog), on the other hand the base for tooth decay is the spinoff from the consumed food.
Tooth decay is caused by acid generator bacteria by demolishing the carbohydrates (sugar, fructose, glucose) from the consumed food. From these, acid-based by-products are thrown out that is harmful to the PH value of the mouth. Later on it leads to the damage of the surface and the inner structure of the teeth.
Nowadays we eat more sugar and carbohydrate than before so it is crucial of importance to keep protect our teeth by proper cleaning.
That “right technique”
First of all, it is important to put down that the proper way to clean our teeth is sometimes personalised, depend on the state of the gum and teeth. Cleaning healthy teeth is by the so-called modified Bass method – we are now going into details. Our children should acquire this method as it results in perfect cleaning for the entire surface of the teeth and the in between parts.
There are three main steps to this method:
Cleaning the side of the tooth
Place the toothbrush half to the gum and half to the surface of the tooth so that the bristles are slightly bent down facing our gum. From this angle it much more easy to clean the teeth and the in between parts. After that start to clean the area by applying cyclic movement under weak pressure (around 3-4 teeth/area). It is advisable to apply about 15-20 cyclic movement. After finishing all the areas (both the upper and lower teeth) comes the second stage.
Removing the disbanded plaque
We have disbanded the plaque by the cyclic movement. The next step is removing it. The easiest way to do this is to do a “sweeping” movement with the help of the bristles from the gum to the crown. If finished, then comes the cleaning of the chewing surface.
Cleaning the chewing surface
After cleaning the sides of our teeth (outside and inside) and sweeping the disbanded plaque comes the cleaning of the chewing surface. It is advisable here too to cleaning 3-4 teeth at a time by applying a weak pressure and back and forth movement. As the chewing surface is not plain (groovy) we should change the angle of the toothbrush so that we could clean our teeth form all the angles and clean the groovy surface thoroughly.
How about an electric toothbrush?
We might think that using an electric toothbrush solves would do all the necessary work and we do not need to put much effort in the cleaning procedure. This is not entirely true. Electric toothbrushes do the cyclic movement and the throb but we still are the ones who need to control them. These kinds of toothbrushes are also need to be placed half on the gum and half on the surface of the tooth by applying a weak pressure.
We very much hope that we could help you acquire the right method for tooth cleaning – if you have not used this technique before.