Learn the Proper Way to Brush Your Teeth

Learn the Proper Way to Brush Your Teeth

Plaque is a sticky film that forms on the teeth over time. You may hear this referred to as dental biofilm. The bacteria in plaque feed off the sugars and starches you consume, resulting in an acid that can damage your teeth. Plaque buildup can lead to tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. The best way to prevent these oral health problems is to brush twice a day and floss once a day.

The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth for two minutes. However, if your teeth have plaque, you may brush for a longer time. Brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day removes food particles, plaque, and bacteria from your mouth. Read on to learn how to brush your teeth properly to maintain good oral health. 

What Should I Be Using to Brush My Teeth? Start With The Right Materials

The proper toothbrush should have soft bristles and be small enough to reach all areas in your mouth, including your back molars. Consider using an electric toothbrush because it can help you remove plaque and bacteria from your mouth more easily.

Toothbrushes with extended or angled handles can help you reach all areas of your mouth more easily. Choose a toothbrush that won’t slip out of your hands or that you can easily hold with your tongue to help keep it sanitary.

You can brush and floss regularly, but if you’re not using toothpaste with fluoride, you may not be getting the most protection for your teeth. Fluoride is a mineral that helps protect the teeth against decay. A toothpaste with fluoride can remineralize your teeth with calcium and phosphate, which are found in saliva.

How Often Should I Brush My Teeth?

You should brush your teeth twice daily using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Brushing in the morning helps to remove plaque buildup that has accumulated overnight. Brushing before bed helps to remove plaque and bacteria that have accumulated throughout the day. Be sure to brush every surface of every tooth, including the tops, fronts, backs, and chewing surfaces.

Proper Brushing Technique

First, make sure that you are using a soft-bristled toothbrush. The toothbrush should have a small head. To brush effectively, you should hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gum line. This position allows the bristles to get in between the teeth and remove plaque buildup. You should also brush along the gum line to eliminate plaque that has built up at the gum line. You should use short, circular motions when brushing. Next, tilt the brush to a 45-degree angle and clean the outer surfaces of the teeth. Tilting the brush cleans the chewing surfaces and removes food particles.

Brushing the tongue will remove any remaining bacteria in the mouth. This will help improve overall oral health.

Prevent These Brushing Mistakes

The first mistake many people make when brushing their teeth is that they don’t brush properly. Don’t just rush around your teeth. Spend about two minutes brushing your teeth. The second mistake people make is they brush too hard. Brushing too hard can actually cause more damage than good. Using a toothbrush with a soft bristle can prevent this.

To find out more about the dental services offered at Orange Family Dental, call (619) 280-4861 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit our Dentist in San Diego, CA, at 4205 Fairmount Avenue, San Diego, CA 92105.


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