Is there a right way to brush your teeth? Yes, of course, there is! There are also wrong ways to brush your teeth. These tips have changed somewhat over the years. So, it may be time to update your toothbrushing knowledge.
Type of Toothbrush
Soft-bristled brushes are recognized as the best type to remove plaque and debris without damaging tooth enamel and the gums. A small head will help reach the back teeth easier, and for persons who have difficulty holding a toothbrush, you can choose a powered toothbrush. Replace a toothbrush when it shows signs of wear.
How Long? How Often?
You should brush a minimum of twice a day. If you’re a clean freak, brushing after each meal is plenty. How much actual time should you spend brushing your teeth? Current advice from the experts says 120 seconds–that’s 2 minutes. Most people don’t do it that long. You can brush longer if you like, but don’t overdo it and wear down the enamel on your teeth by brushing too much or too vigorously.
How to Do it?
As mentioned before, don’t be too vigorous when brushing. Brushing too hard can actually remove enamel and cause receding gums. Use gentle strokes and be sure to get those back teeth that can be difficult to reach. Pay special attention to the gum line by tilting your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, holding it against the area where the gum meets the teeth, then sweeping (or rolling) the brush away from the gum. Be sure to brush the inside and outside of your upper and lower teeth, the chewing surfaces of each tooth–especially any with fillings. Use short back-and-forth movements generally, and to fight bad breath, don’t forget to brush your tongue and palate too!
What Toothpaste to Use
There are various types of toothpaste for different kinds of needs: sensitive, whitening, gingivitis, etc. Ask your dentist which one is right for you, but they should all include fluoride.
If you’d like more information, call Dr. Prabha Raju and our team at Tender Dental Care. Make an appointment at 810-715-3368, or come by our office in Burton, Michigan.