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Oral Hygiene Instruction


Our oral hygienists at Crown Street Dental Group are here to advise you on the necessary measures you should take to maintain excellent dental hygiene. Here are some informative guidelines on how to look after your oral health:


Brushing is the most common form of daily dental hygiene practice, but many people don’t do it correctly. Listed below are some pointers on how to brush your teeth the right way:

  • Brush twice a day, and after eating meals.
  • Brush for at least two minutes each time.
  • Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle towards the gums and brush in a back and forth movement, reaching every surface of each tooth.
  • Don’t forget to brush your tongue to remove further bacteria that can cause bad breath.
  • Use fluoride toothpaste to reduce dental plaque bacteria.
  • Use a toothbrush with soft bristles to protect your gums.
  • Don’t brush too hard, as this can cause damage to the gum tissue.
  • You should replace your toothbrush every 3 months.


Flossing is essential because it enables you to remove plaque and food debris from the little gaps in between the teeth that can’t be reached with a toothbrush. Many people find flossing difficult, so here are some tips on how to floss easily and effectively:

  • Begin by holding the floss tightly in each hand, and ease the floss between the teeth.
  • Rub the floss gently up and down. To cover more surface area, curve the floss toward each tooth.
  • Once you reach the top of a tooth, slide it under the gum line in order to remove plaque from underneath the gums.
  • Use a fresh section of floss for each tooth.

You should floss at least once a day.


Antibacterial mouthwashes remove bacteria that cause plaque, and can help to prevent gum disease. Fluoride mouthwash helps to prevent dental decay and strengthen the teeth.


Watching what you eat can have a huge impact on your dental hygiene. Carbohydrates and sugars cause a build up of plaque on the teeth that leads to tooth decay, so you should limit your intake of these and instead focus on eating healthier, nutritious foods.