Nearly every patient knows that they should be brushing their teeth twice a day and flossing once a day. But making sure that you are brushing every day is only part of the battle when it comes to mastering this part of your oral hygiene.
Learning the appropriate technique and other important pieces of information can drastically improve the effectiveness of your brushing, having a tremendously positive effect on your oral health.
Appropriate Brushing Technique
Using a toothbrush effectively is not difficult, but it can take time to turn the movements into a habit you don't have to think about, especially if you have been brushing your teeth differently for many years.
- Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle from the gums.
- Begin brushing in a tight circular motion, back and forth, covering a small area one to two teeth wide with each stroke. There is no need to press the brush down hard on your teeth; a gentle, but firm pressure is preferable.
- Brush all faces of your teeth, the front, back, and chewing surfaces.
Brush your teeth for two minutes or as long as it takes you to brush all sections of your teeth thoroughly. If you have trouble brushing for that long, listen to a short song you enjoy while you brush, and don't stop until it ends. This can help you create the habit of brushing for the correct amount of time without thinking about it.
Keep Up with Dental Appointments in Garland TX
One of the best things you can do for your dental health is to stay on top of your routine cleanings and checkups. Your dentist can keep an eye on your oral health and catch issues early, and routine dental cleanings will remove stuck-on tartar from teeth helping to keep gums healthy, fight off bacteria and protect teeth from cavities.
A qualified member of the dental staff will be happy to provide in-person instructions for brushing and flossing to any patient who asks.
Contact Garland Grove Dentistry to schedule your next appointment.