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Make sure to Brush Your Teeth Correctly

March 4, 2016

Brushing your teeth at least twice a day is important, but are you sure you know how to brush? There are often small habits that you can change that will help improve how you brush. If you have any questions about your oral hygiene, it is recommended to come see us, so we can advise you on your question. When you brush your teeth, also remember to brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth so you remove all the germs.

 

Not Replacing your Toothbrush

 

You should replace your toothbrush every three to four months for dental health, but many people let it go way beyond this point. When the bristles become splayed out, they cannot properly clean the various surfaces of your teeth. Also many of the power brushes lose cleaning power as the brush head ages.

 

Brushing Back and Forth

 

Often, the brushing mistake has to do with brushing technique itself. You should brush in a circular motion, angling the bristles of the brush at a forty five degree angle to the gumline and focus on a couple teeth at a time. This enables you to clean under the gums, where most plaque is present and causes the most harm. It will also helps avoid over-brushing. Typically, people will not always follow a set order as they move around their mouth brushing. If you brush in this fashion, you tend to miss various surfaces of the teeth because it is hard to know where you have and have not brushed. You should brush your teeth with a systematic approach. There are four quadrants of the mouth and three surfaces to brush per tooth. You should brush all the surfaces of one quadrant of the mouth at a time.”

 

Brush Long Enough

 

Most people, when asked how long they brush, typically say about one to two minutes, when in reality they typically brush for only thirty seconds. It is important to access all the areas of the mouth and all surfaces of the teeth to effectively clean the tooth surfaces of bacteria and food, and to coat each tooth surface with the cleansing toothpaste. Also remember to use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste when you brush. This will make sure that none is wasted, but you are able to clean your teeth effectively. No matter what question you have about brushing your teeth, or your oral health, it is important to come in for regular visits so we can inspect the teeth properly, for you. This can help you to have a happy and healthy mouth.

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