As we all know that brushing your teeth is a basic fundamental part of your daily routine. But have you ever gone to the dentist, proud of how diligent you have been with your brushing, only to discover you have not been given a perfect bill of health? And, sure, you may have developed great habits for brushing since you were a kid. But, believe it or not, there is a right and a wrong way to brush your teeth. We’ve got some tips for keeping your smile clean and healthy. Here are the do’s and don’ts of brushing teeth:
DO aim your brush toward your gums at a 45-degree angle when brushing the fronts and backs of your teeth.
DON’T forget to brush all chewing surfaces using short, back and forth strokes.
DO replace your brush regularly. The ADA recommends replacing your toothbrush every three to four months. This applies to brush heads on electric toothbrushes too. But keep in mind this is just a guideline, keep an eye on the brush bristles and if they begin to fray, it’s time for a new one.
DON’T use too much pressure. Sometimes in our effort to be diligent, we become rough, but pushing too hard can cause wear and damage on the enamel that will work against your goal.
DO take your time. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing your teeth for two full minutes at least twice a day. So don’t rush through things, set a timer or sing a catchy song to make sure you take your time and do it right.
DON’T forget your tongue. Carefully clean your tongue each time you brush your teeth, this will help clear away harmful bacteria and will prevent bad breath.
DO consult your dentist or dental hygienist. We are here to help support your oral health. If you are concerned about your brushing technique we can demonstrate and guide you through the process to help you maintain a bright, smile-worthy brushing routine.
If you have any questions, give us a call at (828)631-3283 or make an appointment online.