Posted on 8/30/2019 by Henry Cuttler DDS
|There are many keys to good oral health, but one of the most basic is brushing your teeth. While brushing can help you maintain good oral health, it only works when you do it properly.
Most people learn how to brush their teeth at an early age, but unfortunately, over time they develop some bad habits. Taking some time to learn what you are doing right or wrong when brushing your teeth is a key to improving your oral health.
The Proper Way to Brush
Most people learn to brush their teeth at a young age. The problem is that over the years, it is possible to develop some bad habits that impact the way you brush your teeth. That is why it is a good idea to occasionally review your techniques to make sure you are giving your teeth the attention they deserve.
The proper technique for brushing starts with the tools. The tools include a soft bristled toothbrush that is in good shape. You should typically get a new brush every 3 to 6 months. The second ingredient is the toothpaste. A fluoride toothpaste can help keep your teeth and gums healthy.
The way you brush is important. You should spend at least 2 minutes, brushing your teeth. You need to make sure you pay particular attention to getting your back teeth and the back of all your teeth. You should also brush your tongue. When you brush you should move the toothbrush around in circles.
The goal of brushing is to remove any bacteria on the teeth. Because a toothbrush cannot get in between the teeth and gums well, flossing is something that you need to include in your brushing routine. You can also include an anti-microbial mouth rinse in the routine.
Where to Get Help
There are two places you can turn to find out if you are brushing well. The first is through a self-exam. Pay attention to what you do and the tools you use to make sure they are what you need. The second is when you visit our office. Talk to us about your routine. Bring in the tools that you use. We can help you get and do everything you need to get the most out of brushing your teeth. Call us today!