Tooth Brushing Day – Maintain those pearly whites

Celebrated on July 29, 2016, Tooth brushing Day brings to your attention the importance of brushing your teeth and maintaining good dental hygiene. We also encourage you to change your toothbrush once every 90 days.

Here are 3 common facts on tooth brushing:

  1. 2 minute brushing

Instead of brushing for two minutes twice a day, you should not limit the time required to clean your mouth. This will ensure that plaque does not settle on your teeth.[i]

2. Is there a routine to brushing teeth?

Most people feel that a fixed dental routine of brushing, flossing and rinsing is the most effective. Brushing your teeth helps serve the function of removing bacteria and applying fluoride to your teeth. You should clean between the teeth, both with floss and with an inter-proximal brush and finally rinse your mouth with a mouthwash. Do not rinse your mouth with water as it removes the protective fluoride coating away.

3. Dry brushing or brushing with water?

Even though dry brushing may seem unnatural at first, it will allow your teeth to absorb fluoride from your toothpaste. Water makes the toothpaste foam and makes you spit it out faster. Ensure that you use a pea-sized blob of toothpaste and spread it on every part of your mouth before you brush. Brush in a circular motion and make sure that you reach all the areas of the mouth especially the back of the mouth. This should include the outsides and the insides of the teeth.

2 Steps to ensure your teeth are in good shape![iii]

Step 1Maintain a good hygiene

  • Brush regularly
  • Usedental floss
  • Usemouthwash
  • Schedule regular visits with your dentist

Step 2 – Whiten teeth with easily available products

  • Try whitening toothpastes
  • Use whitening rinses
  • Learn about whitening strips and gels
  • Use hydrogen peroxide or baking soda
  • Rinse your mouth for 10-15 minutes with coconut oil

Look after your teeth well and avoid sugary food. Brush your teeth twice a day and ensure that you use floss to remove the tartar building up in the gaps. This will help you reduce the risk of tooth decay. Ensure that you are in contact with your dentist for periodic visits for the best results.

PIH is Port Moresby’s largest private hospital offering more than 14 specialties under one roof, with specialists and technologically advanced equipment being utilized to bring modern healthcare to PNG. PIH houses a state-of-the-art dental unit with a versatile dental chair and two experienced dentists to handle an array of  dental issues – including pediatric dentistry & geriatric dentistry . Do call us at 79988000 for any query that you might have. You can also email us at

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