What kind of toothbrush do you use, Mrs. Williamson?
I use a soft brush. I don't remember the brand name.
Here's a sample toothbrush that you may keep. Please take it and show me how you "brush".
Thank you. This is how I "brush".
That's pretty good, but your not cleaning some of the teeth well enough.
I'll put a stain (disclosing agent) on your teeth to show you where your toothbrush has missed.
It's all right?
Don't worry, the stain will come off easily.
If you look in this small hand mirror, you can see the red stains on your teeth.
The soft red stain is bacterial plaque.
Do you see how easily it comes off?
The other stain is hard. It has to be scraped away with a scaler.
The hard, rough stains are calculus.
You can remove the plaque with a toothbrush and dental floss, but you can't remove the calculus.
I'll have to do that for you.
That's very interesting.
I'm so happy that you showed this to me. I thought that I clean my teeth very thoroughly. I guess I was wrong.
Do you use dental floss?
Yes, but not every day.
You must use floss every day.
You can't clean the bacteria from the spaces between the teeth with a toothbrush.
I'll show you how to use it. Hold this hand mirror and watch me.
Thank you, Miss Jones. I'll try to do it better.
Good. I'll begin to scale your teeth now.