Identify methods of controlling plaque and the advice you would give patient for that method (O1AC1)
Advice that would be given with method
Daily brushing of your teeth and gums and cleaning between your teeth is important because it removes plaque. If the plaque isn't removed, it continues to build up, feeding on the food debris left behind which could result in causing tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing Technique
Place the head of your toothbrush against your teeth, and then tilt the bristle tips to a 45 degree angle against the gum line. Move the brush in small circular movements, several times, on all the surfaces of every tooth.
Brush the outer surfaces of each tooth, upper and lower, keeping the bristles angled against the gum line.
Use the same method on the inside surfaces of all your teeth.
Brush the biting surfaces of the teeth.
To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several small circular strokes with the front part of the brush.
Brushing your tongue will help freshen your breath and will clean your mouth by removing bacteria.
An electric brush often has a rotating or vibrating head, which provides a large amount of cleaning action with very little movement needed, although it is important that you position the brush correctly ensuring all tooth surfaces visible and hidden are reached, applying very little pressure.
To brush your teeth correctly, spend at least two minutes using a recommended technique, which includes 30 seconds brushing each section of your mouth (upper right, upper left, lower right and lower left), both morning and night.
Gum disease begins at the gum line and between teeth. Daily flossing is an important part of your oral health care routine to help remove the plaque from these areas where a toothbrush doesn’t completely reach.