What You Need to Know About Teeth Brushing From Our Family Dentistry Office

In our family dentistry office, we help our patients to stay healthy by preventing and treating both cavities and gum disease.  We believe that preventative care is the best way to keep our patients in excellent oral health.
We suggest getting your teeth cleaned twice a year so that we can remove bacteria and plaque, preventing cavities.  Children can also benefit from getting a fluoride treatment during cleanings to further strengthen their teeth.

While regular dental visits are important, you still need to take care of your teeth at home.  Regular brushing and flossing is important for removing sugar and bacteria from your teeth so that you can stay healthy in between dental visits. 

Your toothbrush matters.
In our family dentistry office, we give out new toothbrushes to our patients.  It is important to switch yours out at least every three months.  Otherwise, the bristles will start to fray, and the brush itself may become infected with bacteria.  If your toothbrush starts to smell or looks stained, you should replace it sooner than three months. 

You should brush your teeth with a soft toothbrush or an electric one as opposed to a hard toothbrush.  A hard one can irritate your gums and make them bleed.  It can also damage your teeth by stripping away the enamel from their surface.  If you are currently using a hard brush, replace it right away.  

Make sure to keep your toothbrush in a place where it can get dry.  Putting it into a drawer or leaving it on the counter is not a good idea because it may stay wet and become infected with bacteria.  Then when you go to use it, you are placing bacteria back into your mouth. Purchase a toothbrush holder so that your brush can air dry without a problem.

Use the right motion.
When brushing your teeth, you need to move bacteria and food particles away from your gums.  This is important to your gum health and the overall health of your mouth.  You can do this by starting at the gum line and brushing towards the center of your mouth.  This requires you to brush downwards when brushing your upper teeth and upwards when brushing your lower teeth. You should also brush in a circular motion in order to get the best clean. Brushing front to back or back to front, won’t get your teeth as clean, and it will also irritate your gums. 

Buy the right toothpaste.
Your toothpaste can serve double duty.  It can get your teeth clean and protect them at the same time.  When you buy toothpaste that contains fluoride, you are putting a mineral onto your teeth every time that you brush. This will help to prevent cavities.  Buy one with the ADA seal to make sure that it is good quality.

Visit our family dentistry office for more information on how to brush your teeth and stay in good oral health.

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