How to Brush Your Teeth
Brushing your teeth is a standard part of your daily routine. The ADA currently recommends that you brush your teeth a minimum of two times each day – preferably morning and night. When you brush, you should angle your soft-bristled brush at a 45 degree angle to the gum line and use a gentle back and forth stroke to remove plaque and debris from the outer, inner and chewing surfaces of the teeth. It is also important to brush the bacteria from your tongue, which can cause bad breath.
Did you know…
that the type of toothbrush you use makes a difference in your oral health? The ADA recommends using a soft-bristled toothbrush with a head that fits the size and shape of your mouth. Many patients believe that medium or hard-bristle toothbrushes are more efficient; but these brushes can actually cause erosion to the teeth and gums. The ADA also recommends replacing your toothbrush about four times yearly or whenever the bristles become frayed.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I change my brushing habits?
You may need to adjust your brushing habits if your gums are red, swollen and bleeding when you brush. To find out if you are brushing correctly or if you need to change your brushing habits, make an appointment with your dentist for a full consultation.
What should I expect if I begin brushing my teeth correctly?
Once your gums are inflamed it will take 7 to 14 days of proper brushing and flossing to return them to optimal health.
Over time, brushing too hard or not brushing enough can produce oral health complications that may require special treatment. By adopting proper brushing habits, you could avoid expensive dental bills in the future.
Is there anything else I need to do in addition to brushing properly?
Yes. It is important that you also floss daily and use toothpaste that contains fluoride each day. You should also schedule dental exams and professional cleanings every 6 months, or more often, if necessary.