I went for a dental check up today. It is the first in 18 months. Yes, yes, it is long overdue. As a bit of context, I always go for my dental check up when I go visit my family in Asia so today is the first time I actually went to see a dentist in Australia.
I am health conscious but I have to admit I don’t pay too much attention to my dental hygiene. I do the minimum brushing your teeth twice a day but I don’t go for my the recommended once every 6 months dental check up. I was born and raised in Asia where, growing up, dental health has just never been emphasized by the family. People go to the dentist when they experience pain, which is too late by the time it got to that stage. I don’t remember any dentist or someone qualified ever teach me on how to properly brush your teeth, until today. For the first time in 27 years in my life, someone taught me how to brush my teeth properly.
How to Brush Your Teeth Properly, cited from a very nice and patient Dr. Wendy:
1. Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums and gently move the brush back and forth in short (tooth-wide) strokes.
2. Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
3. To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down stroke.
Few tips from Dr. Wendy:
- Use a soft bristle toothbrush
- Do not to brush too hard
- Do it 2x a day, for 2 minutes
When was the last time you went to see your dentist?