Caring for your mouth at home

Brushing, Flossing and Implant Maintenance

When you visit the practice you will have access to a great depth of professional knowledge and advice on caring for your own oral health.  Your dentist, therapist, hygienist and oral health educator will be able to look at your individual circumstances and advise how to care for your mouth between visits and to support the treatments you may be undergoing.

Here is some simple advice to help with good technique for brushing, flossing and good oral health maintenance – we hope you find it useful!

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Using a traditional tooth brush

Use small circular movements with the brush held at 45 degrees to the tooth.
Move systematically around the mouth.
Remember to clean the inside surfaces …
… and the biting surfaces.
Dont forget behind the top and bottom teeth.
A good technique will take 2


Using a powerbrush

Angle the bristles at 45º to the gum line.
There’s no need to scrub – hold the brush in position …
… and after a few seconds sweep the bristles away from the gum.
Repeat around the outer and inner surfaces of all teeth.
Particularly effective inter-dentally.
The whole procedure should take about 2 minutes.

Children’s tooth-brushing technique

Good brushing technique should take 2 minutes
divide the mouth into 6 sections …
… and take 20 seconds to brush each section.
Start with outer surfaces of the lower jaw …
… Then the inner and then the biting surfaces…
Repeat with the upper jaw.
Small circular movements near the gumline is most effective.

You may also find useful information for children on our children’s dentistry page or here 

Interdental brushing

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Interdental Brushing

An interdental brush is used to clean in between teeth.
Turning the brush on insertion will help access.
Used daily, it removes plaque and food debris where your usual brush cannot reach.
For spaces at the back of the mouth, bend the brush in a slight curve but never at right angles …
… this will help you access the more difficult-to-reach areas.
A choice of 8 colour-coded sizes is available to help clean different sized spaces.

Angle brushing

The new ‘Angle’ brush makes it easy the access difficult-to-reach places.
Gently removing plaque and food debris.
The Angle can be used on a exposed roots …
… and are useful for wearers of orthodontic braces.
Different size Angle brushes are colour coded.

Interspace Brush

Periodontal disease causes pocketing around the necks of the teeth.
Left undisturbed plaque bacteria thrive in these pockets causing the pockets to deepen.
A standard toothbrush is not able to access these pockets.
An Interspace brush can access these pockets and disrupt bacteria.
Regular use will discourage disease-causing bacteria from accumulating.

Compact Tuft Brush

The Compact Tuft Brush has a domed shaped head with extra soft filaments.
It’s perfect for cleaning around sensitive gums, partly errupted teeth …
…and for cleaning along the gumline.


Debris accumulates between the teeth.
If not removed, bacteria will develop and plaque will form.
Use the floss with a back and forth motion …
… and with a vertical action until all the plaque is removed.
Work the floss gently under the gum.

Mini Flosser

Cleaning between the teeth is an essential part of a daily oral hygiene regime.
Conventional flossing can be difficult especially when the teeth are very close together.
The Miniflosser can help gain access to the interdental areas with floss.
A Specially designed bite plane allows you to gently ease the floss between the teeth.
Plaque in the interdental area can be dislodged with a gentle backwards and forwards motion.
Visible plaque will be removed.

Super Floss

Superfloss can be used ‘under’ bridges.
First use the stiff end of the Superfloss to insert between the teeth. Pull the Superfloss through and then sweep under the pontic. Pull through the normal floss and floss the abutments as usual.

Mouth Rinse

Plaque build-up can lead to inflamed gums.
A mouth rinse can help …
… by removing the plaque …
… and reducing the inflammation.

Implant Care

Implant Care Brush

The Implant Care brush has an especially shaped handle.
It’s perfect for gaining access to difficult to reach areas …
…and the bristles get under the gumline making it ideal for implants …
…and for bridges.

Implant Cleaning

Acute marginal inflamation.
Use extra soft filaments for the acutely affected area.
Using a standard brushing technique …
… gently but effectively removes debris.
Interdental cleaning with the extra soft range …
… removes plaque comfortably and effectively.
Use a standard inter dental cleaning technique with extra soft filaments.

Implant Maintenance

Following the placement of an implant …
… it is important to keep the surrounding area clean.
Use a 45 degree angle as the standard brushing technique.
Use plastic coated interdental brushes for safe effective plaque removal.
Tightly floss approximal surfaces and implants.
Ensure all surfaces are clean.
Adapt floss/tape for teeth and gums.

Last Modified: Aug 14, 2017 @ 12:02 pm