CSN – Oral hygiene instructions are written on the side of the toothbrush that is inserted into the mouth, so the toothpaste is not getting into the oral cavity and the patient may not know what is going on.
But they are a good way to make sure you know what you are doing.
“We recommend using the tooth brush in the mouth with the tip pointing up,” says Dr. Lisa Hulme, a dentist at the University of Victoria.
“If you have been bitten on the tongue, you may have a slight pain on the back of your tongue, but it doesn’t look serious.”
If you have had a scratch on the front of your mouth, you should use a small, cotton swab and wipe down your mouth with water.
“You want to get the area where the tooth is touching your tongue and the area that is actually touching the tooth,” Dr. Hulman says.
The most important thing is to take your time.
You can take the toothbrushes out of the packaging and put them back into the box if it’s not needed.
And you don’t have to wipe it down with water, she adds.
“It’s not a big deal if you have a small amount of water in the bottle and it’s just brushing the tooth, but if you’re brushing your tongue it could be a bit sticky.”
If your toothbrush is dirty, you can try rubbing it with a soft tissue to get it cleaned.
The same goes for any cuts or bruises.
“When you brush it, it will be soft,” Dr Hulmes says.
“I like to brush it with my fingernails.”
And when you wash it with soap and water, it should be clean.
If you can’t do that, then you can always use a toothbrush with a little bit of liquid in it, such as a toothpaste.