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How to use the toothbrush

Why use it?

Toothbrush is the undisputed protagonist of home oral hygiene, which should be carried out daily, after meals and at least two times a day.Everyone knows that the ideal instrument for cleaning the teeth, mouth and gums is a toothbrush but only a few (unfortunately) use it properly.

Prevention of dental caries

A well used toothbrush does not provide “only” an adequate oral cleansing: its appropriate use, in fact, is the most effective weapon to prevent tooth decay and gum diseases in general and to avoid – as far as possible – the plaque deposed on tooth enamel and spaces between the teeth.To show off white, healthy and strong teeth, you need to know (and especially practice) the basic principles that govern dental hygiene.

How to use it?

POSITIONING THE BRUSH ON THE EXTERNAL SURFACE OF TEETH

Place the bristles of the toothbrush on the teeth with an inclination of 45 °. Move the brush rolling its head from the gums to the teeth (never backwards) to remove as much plaque as possible. In other words, the bristles of the toothbrush should clean the teeth with movements going from top to bottom of the upper teeth; teeth of the mandibular arch must instead be brushed from the bottom upwards.Brushing should be resolute, but not energetic to avoid injuring gums. Therefore, we recommend toothbrushes selected and distributed by JC.It is recommended to start brushing from the incisors, to move slowly toward the molars, up to brush the wisdom teeth. Proceed in this way in each of the four half of dental arcs.Warning: an incorrect brushing – in horizontal direction (from right to left and vice versa) or from the tooth to the gum – it’s inappropriate and does not help prevent cavities nor effectively removes food debris and plaque from the teeth . In addition, using the toothbrush wrongfully encourages the phenomenon of retraction of the gingiva (gums retracted), thus increasing the risk of bleeding, dentinal hypersensitivity, bad breath and – in extreme cases – even tooth loss.

POSITIONING THE BRUSH ON THE INSIDE SURFACE OF THE TEETH

The proper use of the toothbrush provides also cleaning of the inner surfaces of the anterior and posterior teeth through a rectilinear movement which goes from inside to outside of the mouth and always from the gingiva toward the tooth. It is strongly recommended to pay special care and attention on cleaning of the internal dental walls : leaving out this area, plaque tends to settle more easily, up to create real concretions of tartar, removable only by professional dental hygiene (scaling ).

POSITIONING THE BRUSH ON BITING SURFACE

The next step for the correct use of the toothbrush is to place the bristles of the brush directly on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. Proceed moving the brush back and forth. The intercuspidale space originated by the 4 tips of the molars, being similar to a hollow, constitutes an ideal area for the deposit of plaque;  to avoid the accumulation of this opalescent coating on the chewing surface of the tooth, it is necessary to brush carefully also this area (even if protected by a dental sealing).

POSITIONING THE BRUSH ON THE LINGUAL BACK

Just like teeth, also the tongue requires a thorough brushing.Particularly suitable for this purpose is the so called clean language.However, even those who do not have this unique instrument can safely use the toothbrush Clever, mild for the tongue.The movement of the brush for proper cleaning of the tongue should be a circular motion.Thorough hygiene of the tongue guarantees a fresher breath and, in particular, removes bacteria hidden on its surface.