Chances are high that you have been brushing your teeth for years. Typically, you should brush your teeth at least twice if not three times a day, although sometimes you may feel the need to brush your teeth after eating certain foods. Even with these extra brushing sessions, you may discover that your oral hygiene routine is not up to par when you visit your dentist and they tell you that you need more than a “normal cleaning.”
In the past, you may have gotten tips from your dentist, hygienists, or even your parents about how to brush your teeth. However, have you ever stopped to consider if you are brushing your teeth correctly? While it is a seemingly simple task, poor technique can lead to unclean teeth and gums that may even be bacteria-ridden. Such unkempt teeth will easily be prone to staining and cavities. Before you begin to brush your teeth tonight, read through our tips, watch our video, and learn how to brush your teeth properly. Your molars, incisors, and canines will all thank you!
How Often Should You Brush Your Teeth?
The American Academy of General Dentistry recommends that you brush your teeth twice a day. If you brush less than this, you run the risk of developing gingivitis and developing tooth decay.
Choosing the Right Toothbrush
We suggest that you choose an electronic sonic toothbrush. You want the toothbrush to be able to reach all of the structures and surfaces in your mouth. Electronic toothbrushes were manufactured to protect your sensitive gum tissue, so you will want to choose a brush that is softly bristled. The type of toothbrush that you use will make a huge difference. A medium or hard brush can actually cause abrasions on your teeth which will make them vulnerable to tooth decay.
You can choose either a manual or electric toothbrush but we recommend the Philips Sonicare electric toothbrush. We believe that an electric toothbrush is your best option. This toothbrush will be your best choice for removing dental plaque and preventing buildup.
Toothpaste Options are Endless
There are multiple toothpastes available at every store you visit. While walking down the oral care aisle, you will be surrounded by toothpastes of every different flavor and options will include-
• Teeth Sensitivity
• Baking soda
Regardless of the type that you choose, you will want to make sure that it has fluoride as a main ingredient. Fluoride is what will re-mineralize your teeth and help you fight off tooth decay.
Steps for Properly Brushing Your Pearly Whites
When you brush your teeth, you will want to use circular motions at a 45 degree angle. Be sure that you brush away from the gum line. Unlike a 90 degree angle, the 45 degree angle is gentler on your teeth and gums.
Brush Every Tooth
You will want to focus on brushing both the inner and outer surfaces of each tooth that you have. You will also need to pay attention to the hard-to-reach areas in your mouth, especially towards the back. One great way to be sure that you aren’t missing spots in your mouth is to begin brushing your teeth in a different spot every time you brush.
Brush for Two Minutes
While two minutes may seem like forever while brushing your teeth, it is important that you follow this tip to prevent cavities and plaque buildup. To get an idea of how long you currently brush your teeth for, set a timer and look away when you begin to brush. Once you finish, glance at the timer. You will be shocked at how little time you spent on one of the most important aspects of your face! Your teeth deserve four minutes of your day and it’s such a small amount of your time!
Buy a New Toothbrush
It is important to replace your toothbrush (or its heads) every three months or so. You’re your brush head becomes worn and frayed, it won’t clean as well as a new one will. You can learn more about the various SoniCare toothbrushes available by clicking here.
Your Tongue Needs Attention too
You will want to brush your tongue in a back to front motion. This only takes a short moment and can make a huge difference! When you brush your tongue, you will remove bacteria that cause bad breath. Keep your breath fresh and brush your tongue every time!
Watch Dr. Patty teach you how to properly brush your teeth!
Visit Dr. Patty’s Dental Boutique & Spa
In addition to brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, you will want to be sure that you schedule general teeth cleaning visits with our cosmetic dentists at least every six months, if not more frequently. You can give us a call today to schedule a cleaning or to find out more about other procedures that we offer. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you implement an improved oral health routine!