Proper Brushing Techniques

Are You Brushing Properly?

Brushing your teeth properly removes the food particles and bacteria that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. However, you don’t want to scrub your teeth or gums too heavily. A heavy hand can lead to tooth and gum erosion, as Dr. Harbin and our staff see all too often.

You should also use a soft bristle toothbrush to avoid damaging the surface of your teeth. Make sure the head of the brush fits in your mouth, because if it’s too large you will not be able to reach all tooth surfaces.

Follow These Steps to Ensure You Are Brushing Correctly.

  1. Use a small amount of toothpaste on your brush. The recommendations is a pea-sized amount or thin strip on the bristles.
  2. Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the surface of your teeth, angling towards your gums. Use a circular motion on all exterior tooth surfaces, and avoid back and fourth scrub brushing.
  3. Once you have cleaned the outer surfaces, hold the brush vertically and clean the inner teeth surfaces-the side of your teeth that face your tongue. Don’t forget the inner surfaces of your front teeth.
  4. Finally, finish by cleaning all the chewing surfaces of your teeth. You need to maintain a gentle touch, but make sure you get into the full depth of your molars. The entire process should take about two minutes.

Please remember to change your toothbrush every three to four months for best results. Don’t forget to clean your tongue, which helps remove excess bacteria from your mouth. Proper care of your teeth requires flossing on a regular basis. Flossing can be performed before or after you brush. Follow up with a quality mouthwash which will provide you with even more protection. Don’t be afraid to ask any of our staff for tips on proper brushing and flossing.

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