Brushing your teeth is part of your everyday routine (at least we hope) and probably doesn’t seem like a difficult task.
You might think that you know how to properly brush your teeth but have you ever been taught the appropriate technique? After all, proper brushing and flossing can help prevent bad breath, cavities, and other dental issues that can cost you money down the road.
We have outlined the steps you need to take to make sure you’re getting the most benefit from brushing your teeth:
- First, choose a soft bristled tooth brush that fits your mouth. The head of your brush should be small enough that you can reach all areas of your mouth easily.
- Set a timer for two minutes or simply watch the clock to make sure you are spending at least a full two minutes brushing your teeth.
- Place your tooth brush at a 45 degree angle to your gums and move the brush in a back & forth motion, using short strokes.
- Brush the outer surfaces of your top teeth, then the outer surfaces of your bottom teeth.
- Brush the inner surfaces of your top teeth, then the inner surfaces of your bottom teeth.
- Brush the chewing surfaces of your top teeth, then the chewing surfaces of your bottom teeth.
- Tilt your tooth brush vertically to brush behind your front teeth and then do the same to brush behind your bottom teeth. Brush your tongue to remove any bacteria that can cause bad breath.
Our dentist Columbus Ohio offices can help you improve your brushing techniques. Simply get in touch with us and we’ll help you make an appointment.
If you follow these steps, you should easily be able to effectively clean all of your teeth. Remember to floss your teeth at least once a day in addition to brushing. Flossing teeth helps remove hard-to-reach food particles and plaque that builds up in between your teeth and can cause tooth decay and other oral problems.
Here at The Dental Center we recommend flossing your teeth in the evening following your brushing routine and after you’re done eating for the day. In order to make sure your tooth brush is effective, replace your brush every 3-4 months or before if there are visible signs of wear such as bent bristles.
We also recommend that you replace your tooth brush following an illness like the flu or a cold, as bacteria can get on your toothbrush and possibly cause reinfection.
Finally, in order to maintain a healthy mouth and teeth, visit your dentist for a routine cleaning every 6 months. Routine cleanings are important for removing built up plaque and checking for oral issues like cavities, gum disease, and other problems that can pop up between dental visits.
To schedule your next cleaning, contact our dentist Columbus office today!