You are probably aware that brushing your teeth is one of the most important things you can do to maintain your oral health. But have you ever considered whether you're brushing your teeth correctly?
Here are some tips to make your brushing routine as effective and safe as possible:
- Brush for two minutes (that's 120 seconds), twice a day, with a soft-bristled, small-headed toothbrush. As an alternative, you can use an electric toothbrush for increased cleaning efficiency. Several electric toothbrushes on the market are oscillating and sonic. Parkview Dental Care has both of them available to test out when you are in the office.
- Brush the outside surfaces of your teeth using small, gentle, circular motions while positioning the head of the toothbrush at a 45° angle to the gum line. Concentrate on small areas at a time until you've cleaned your entire mouth.
- Brush the inside surfaces of your teeth using the same motion, and chewing surfaces using short, gentle, back-and-forth motions.
- Gently brush your tongue (or use a tongue scraper). This will remove bacteria and dead cells from your tongue and lead to fresher breath.
- Pay particular attention to the gum line, hard-to-reach areas in the back of the mouth, around dental and orthodontic appliances, and near fillings, crowns, or any other restorative work.
- Choosing a toothpaste depends on your individual needs and preferences. Many different types are available for oral health issues such as tartar, gingivitis, or sensitive teeth. Toothpaste that contains Fluoride is highly recommended. But proper brushing technique is the most important tactic for removing plaque and tartar from your teeth.
- We recommend that you replace your toothbrush every three months or when the bristles begin to wear, whichever comes first. Definitely, every time you come in for your professional teeth cleaning - toss the old and use the new one we give you! It's also advisable to replace your toothbrush after you've been sick, since the bristles of the toothbrush can trap bacteria and allow them to proliferate.