Sure, you have been brushing and flossing for years, but you'd be surprised to learn that most people are not brushing properly. For instance, did you know that good brushing takes about two minutes? Most adults do not brush that long, which begs the question, "Am I brushing effectively?"
Suitable brushing will use short, gentle strokes, especially near the gum line. Extra attention will be given to molars and areas where previous dental work has been performed.
Brushing Effectively: Steps and Techniques
There is a sequence of steps and techniques when it comes to brushing effectively.
First, the outer surfaces of the upper teeth should be cleaned. It's recommended to hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, so that you can use small strokes to sweep down, away from the gum line. After the outer surfaces of the upper teeth are clean, begin brushing the outer surfaces of the lower teeth. Again, your toothbrush should be held at a 45-degree angle, and your brush should sweep away from the gum line.
Next, you may focus on the inner surfaces of the top and bottom teeth. It's important to take your time, and to be gentle, so as not to tear the gums. As always, brush away from the gum line.
The chewing surfaces of the teeth should be cleaned next. If you have teeth with deep grooves or pits, you may spend more time on this step, or use a flossing pick to clean each crevice.
Don't forget to brush your tongue! Germs and bacteria on the tongue can intensify the decay process in the mouth. The best way to clean the tongue is by using a tongue scraper (most toothbrushes have these), and running it from the root to the tip of the tongue. Doing this three times per day is ideal to keep bacteria at bay, and to keep breath smelling fresh.
Your Dental Checkup
While it's great to have a clear understanding of steps and techniques for effective brushing, it's also very important to have regular dental checkups every six months. No one brushes perfectly, and everyone is prone to tooth decay. By having your teeth examined regularly, early preventative measures can be taken to stop decay and keep your smile healthy and bright. At Marvin Village Dentistry, we are committed to helping our patients achieve superior oral health. Call us today to schedule your appointment.
Posted on behalf of Marvin Village Dentistry