Is it time to brush up on your brushing technique? Sometimes our brushing becomes a mindless habit, and teeth don’t get as clean as they should. Here are the steps to make sure you are brushing properly.
The Right Brush: Be sure to choose an appropriately-sized, soft-bristled brush that allows you to reach all areas of your mouth. Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months–or sooner if it appears frayed or worn. Be sure to use an ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste.
45* Angle: Place the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to the gum, and make short, back-and-forth strokes. These should be about tooth-wide.
All Surfaces: Be sure to brush the outer surface, the inner surface, and the chewing surface of all your teeth! To clean the inner surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush at a steep angle vertically and execute multiple up-and-down strokes.
2×2: Brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day. If you are just getting back in the habit, try playing a favorite song, or setting a timer. The habit gets easier with consistent practice, and the payoff is huge! Regular brushing can be a major part of healthy oral hygiene practices.
Floss: Brushing alone isn’t enough for complete oral hygiene. Flossing once a day can greatly improve one’s dental health by removing food particles that can cause plaque build-up.
Balanced Diet: Did you know that the foods you eat (and when you eat them) directly affect your dental health? Eat a balanced diet, and try to avoid between-meal snacking to better protect your teeth.
Remember, proper brushing is a lifelong healthy habit! For more tips on preventative oral hygiene techniques, contact Ecco Dental at 626-771-0064. We look forward to hearing from you!