You already know that brushing your teeth is important for your oral health. It keeps your smile clear of harmful bacteria and helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Do you feel confident that your brushing technique is in tip-top shape? Has a dentist or oral hygienist ever told you that you are missing spots during your brushing routine? Even if you think that your toothbrushing technique is perfect, there is always room in your life for learning. We have created a quick guide for learning the proper way to brush your teeth. Use it to check your own technique or use it to teach your kids. Your dentist in Greenville, Texas is always here to help keep your smile healthy.
Pick the Right Toothbrush
Everyone should use a toothbrush with soft bristles. Anything harder can be abrasive to your teeth and gums. The rest of the toothbrush attributes are decided by your specific needs and taste. An electric toothbrush can be helpful for you if you have mobility or dexterity issues. A smaller, curved head may be helpful if you have hard-to-reach spots in your smile. For children, a brightly colored toothbrush or one with cartoons on it may be a toothbrush that they feel more inspired to use.
Twice for Two Minutes
Once you have the right toothbrush for you, it is important to use it. The recommended frequency for brushing your teeth is twice a day for at least two minutes. If you brush your teeth after each meal, you are going above and beyond that recommendation and deserve a gold star. A two-minute duration should give you enough time to brush each surface of each tooth (this includes the oft-missed surface that faces your gums).
Get Every Surface
It is important to brush each surface because you do not want to leave behind any potentially harmful oral bacteria. Once you have brushed all sides of all of your teeth, brushing your tongue can be a great final step in removing bacteria.
Are you brushing your teeth correctly?
Brushing your teeth effectively can help you keep your smile healthy. To schedule a consultation with Smith Family Dentistry in Greenville, TX call us at 903-455-5750. We proudly serve patients from Hunt County, Greenville, Royce City, Sulphur Springs, and all surrounding communities.