Top 3 Tips to Brushing Your Teeth from Your Carrollton Dentist
Many patients are surprised when they come to their dental appointments and learn they have one or more cavities in their mouth. They often say, “I brush every day! How could this happen?” However, brushing incorrectly is actually very common, according to your Carrollton dentist. That’s why she’s prepared to help patients understand what’s required of them, according to the ADA’s recommendations.
When it comes to preventing cavities and gum disease, you won’t want to miss these valuable tips!
Tip #1: Give Your Mouth the Full Treatment!
To make the most out of your time in the bathroom, the American Dental Association says you need to practice these key steps during your oral care routine. They include:
- Brushing twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste for at least two minutes at a time
- Flossing at least once a day
Of course, just because you perform these tasks doesn’t mean you should stop there. Instead of doing the bare minimum, you’ll also want to consider using a mouth rinse once a day, ideally right before bed. To stay fully protected from bacteria, choose one time during the day to give yourself the triple treatment: brushing, flossing and using a mouth rinse. A great time to do this is right before bed, especially since your mouth is more vulnerable as it becomes drier throughout the night.
Tip #2: Perfect Your Technique
If you’re told that your brushing technique isn’t perfect, you’re not alone. Many patients weren’t taught the most effective way to remove plaque and food debris when they were younger. Here are the steps your dentist recommends:
- Start by placing your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums.
- Then, move the brush in small, short, circular, movements. Make sure to brush the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of all your teeth. Don’t forget the molars which are the most prone to decay!
- Next, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes to clean the inside surface of your top and bottom teeth. This area is commonly missed during oral care.
- Finally, use the last 20 seconds or so to brush your tongue. This will remove bacteria and keep your breath smelling fresh.
Tip #3: Know What to Avoid and Inform Others!
It’s just as important to know what not to do when brushing, especially if you have young ones who are brushing for the first time. When brushing, be sure to avoid the following and inform others around you.
- Never brush for longer than two minutes.
- Never apply too much force to the teeth, gums, or tongue.
- Don’t rinse your mouth of residual toothpaste after you finish. Alternatively, use a mouth rinse after brushing instead.
- Never use the same toothbrush for too long. Always replace the brush or brush head every three months.
- Avoid using brushes that are too hard. Always opt for a soft-bristled brush.
With these tips in mind, you’ll have a healthy mouth for life! Just make sure to visit your Carrollton dentist every six months. Schedule an appointment today!
About the Author
Dr. Kimberly Capua earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Baylor College of Dentistry. Continuing her education is a very high priority, including on the best methods to brush at home safely and effectively. To learn more about her practice, contact her through her website.