Are you brushing your teeth properly? For most of us, brushing our teeth is so second nature, we do it without thinking! However, brushing your teeth right is the key to maintaining good oral health, avoiding gum disease and cavities. Brush up on your skills with these simple tips on how to properly brush your teeth.
Choose the Right Toothbrush
Before you start brushing, it is important to have the right size toothbrush for your mouth. Ask yourself, is your mouth big or small? Finding a toothbrush that fits comfortably in your mouth will help you use it often. Additionally, pay attention to your bristles. If they are too stiff, they can hurt your gums. We recommend choosing a toothbrush with soft bristles.
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Choose the Right Toothpaste
With multiple kinds of toothpastes to choose from, it can be confusing to determine which one is the best option for your teeth. Try to avoid toothpaste that brightens/whitens teeth or control tartar because they can be harsh. Regular use of them can sand away tooth structure. Reach for fluoride toothpaste instead. If you must whiten your teeth, switch between whitening and regular toothpaste to make it less harsh on your teeth.
Engage in Proper Brushing Technique
Once you have the perfect toothbrush and toothpaste, it is time to perfect your brushing skills. Follow these steps for a healthier smile:
- Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums.
- Make an up-and-down motion while using short strokes.
- Brush outer and inner tooth surfaces, back molars and tongue.
While brushing, make sure you are also concentrating on those hard-to-reach areas. That is where plaque tends to build up and cause damage.
Brushing more than three times a day is not ideal. Too much brushing can wear down tooth enamel and damage your gums. Try sticking to a routine of brushing once when you wake up and again before bed.
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Keep Your Smile Healthy at Duffield Dentistry
Good oral hygiene takes more than just brushing your teeth. At Duffield Dentistry, Dr. Duffield specializes in all aspects of dentistry. This means that you can have all of your dental needs taken care of in one location! Contact us at 877-630-7410 to book your appointment today.