DO YOU BRUSH YOUR TEETH CORRECTLY?
We brush our teeth so often that sometimes we are on automatic pilot while we brush. There are also times when we are so rushed to get ready for work in the morning or are so tired before bed at night that we may be hurrying through the process of cleaning our teeth. The result may be cavities or gum damage.
Take a moment to read through the following brushing techniques so that you can make sure you are doing the job right.
- Do not use a brush with hard bristles or press too firmly against your teeth when you brush. This may damage tooth enamel and gums.
- Start in a different place every time you brush your teeth. You may not realize it, but you are paying more attention to the first teeth you brush than the last teeth you brush. If you start brushing in a different place in your mouth each time, your teeth will get equal attention over time.
- Change directions. If you are only brushing your teeth up and down or side to side each time you brush, you may be missing food particles trapped between your teeth. Combine the two motions each time you brush.
- Brush your teeth each morning and each night. Do whatever it takes to create a habit of brushing your teeth regularly. This is one of the best ways to establish good oral health. Your teeth and gums will thank you!
- Take your time. Brushing your teeth in 30 seconds flat and calling it good will not produce a healthy mouth. Brush for at least two minutes by setting a timer or by humming a song that last two minutes.
- Brush the outer, inner, and chewing surface of your teeth. Brushing your teeth properly is not just about the length of time you brush. Using the proper brushing technique will lead to a healthy mouth. Hold your toothbrush at a forty-five degree angle to your teeth near the gum line, and using circling motions, move from tooth to tooth. Before your finish, brush your tongue to get rid of the bacteria lingering there.
One thing you may not know about brushing your teeth: The acid in the food you eat softens the tooth enamel. If you brush directly after eating, you are brushing away this softened enamel. It is best to wait for at least thirty minutes after eating before brushing so that your mouth can return to its normal pH level.
No matter how consistently and how well you brush, a dental check-up twice a year is vital to keeping your smile shiny and healthy.
For all of your family, cosmetic or restorative dental needs, we invite you to contact Paris Family Dental. Call us today to schedule your appointment at (903) 732-0061! Visit us at 2333 Lamar Ave, Paris, TX 75460 to learn more about our team, our practice, and how we provide excellence in dentistry in our area.