Do you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day?
You are on the right track. There are some techniques, though, that many dental patients just haven’t learned. Here are a few tips to get you brushing your teeth like a professional:
Angle your toothbrush – Your toothbrush should be at a 45-degree angle when brushing the inside and outside surfaces of your teeth. This allows the bristles to penetrate the gumline and remove plaque that can otherwise get missed.
Use the “toe” of the brush – (the top bristles) to clean the insides of your front teeth. This is a spot where tartar tends to accumulate because it takes a different kind of brushing technique to properly clean these surfaces. Tilt your toothbrush vertically and gently brush up and down.
Brush your tongue! – Don’t just brush back and forth vigorously. You want to “sweep” particles off your tongue by brushing in a sweeping motion from back to front.
Time yourself – It takes at least 2 minutes to get your mouth clean. Focus at least 30 seconds on each section. Hard brushing can damage your gums and tissues so be sure to take your time and focus on all areas with a soft bristle tooth brush.
Of course, brushing your teeth is only a part of a complete dental care routine. You should also make sure to:
*Clean between teeth daily with floss. Tooth decay-causing bacteria still linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. This helps remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.
*Eat a balanced diet.
*Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams.
Our team can fill all of your dental needs, whether you need a routine dental cleaning or would like to discuss redesigning your smile, or replacing missing teeth, Dr. Munro will make sure all patients are informed and educated before making important decisions about your health and your smile.