For cleaning hard-to-reach areas such as the back teeth, large gaps, and challenging areas like wisdom teeth or fixed orthodontic appliances (braces, wires, retainers, etc.), we recommend using a soft-bristled single tufted brush, preferably the Wisdom brand.
To effectively utilize this brush, position it towards the gumline and employ gentle agitating movements along the gumline. It is advisable to incorporate this practice into your oral hygiene routine once or twice a day. Remember to replace the brush every three months to maintain its effectiveness.
For manual toothbrushing, position the bristles at a 45-degree angle towards the gumline. Make gentle circular motions, spending approximately 3-5 seconds on each surface of the teeth. It is recommended to brush twice a day. Additionally, replace your toothbrush every 3 months or when the bristles begin to lose their shape.
When using an electric toothbrush, similarly angle the bristles at a 45-degree angle towards the gumline. Hold the brush still but gently, allowing the brush head to do the work. Spend 3-5 seconds on each surface of the teeth. Remember to replace the brush heads every 2-3 months for optimal performance.
It is recommended to use a toothpaste that contains a fluoride concentration of at least 1450ppm. After brushing, spit out the toothpaste without rinsing your mouth to maintain the fluoride concentration. If you have sensitive teeth, you can use a desensitizing toothpaste such as Sensodyne sensitive. For individuals with particularly sensitive teeth, apply toothpaste topically to the sensitive areas before bedtime.
Mouthwashes should be used at a separate time from brushing. It is important to note that mouthwashes do not remove bacterial plaque from the teeth, but they may be recommended in specific situations such as during orthodontic treatment or when there is evidence of enamel decalcification.
Avoid using your regular toothbrush to clean your tongue as this can transfer bacteria from your tongue to the brush. Instead, purchase a “tongue scraper” specifically designed for this purpose. Clean your tongue twice daily to remove bacterial coatings and help prevent bad breath.
Disclosing tablets provide a quick and easy self-check method by coloring the plaque. The two-tone effect indicates both new and old plaque. With a pleasant fruit flavor, these tablets help you identify areas that require better oral hygiene.
To use them effectively, brush your teeth first, and then use the disclosing tablets. Observe which areas have been missed or have remaining plaque. Concentrate on cleaning these areas for a few days, and then repeat the process to assess if your brushing technique has improved.