Do You Know The Correct Way To Brush Your Teeth?

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Valerie
Registered Dental Hygienist
Family Dentist Tree

It is no persons favorite thing to hear they are not brushing good enough at their dental check-up. Hearing that you have a cavity is even worse! We asked our hygienist, Valerie to give us some tips to avoid spending more time than you bargained for at the dentist.

 

  1. Use the right size tooth brush.  Children and adults with small mouths should use a smaller brush head. A toothbrush that is too big may not be able to reach all of the tooth surfaces in your mouth.
  2. We recommend soft or extra soft toothbrushes. Bristles that are too stiff can aggravate your gums.
  3. We recommend that everyone uses fluoridated toothpaste, but if you need help choosing the toothpaste that is right for you, ask your hygienist or visit our previous post about what the best toothpaste may be for you.
  4. Softly brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time is recommended. Believe it or not, brushing too hard or too often can weaken your tooth enamel and cause damage to your gum tissue. Most people do not brush for more than 30 seconds. Brushing for two full minutes ensures that you have time to brush and adequately reach all tooth surfaces.
  5. Brush all tooth surfaces and along the gum line. Do not forget about those hard to reach places, such as your back molars. Use a circular or up and down motion at a 45 degree angle; brushing from side-to-side as most of us do can cause scrapes and scratches on our gum line.
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Toothbrushes come in all shapes, sized, and textures. Choose the one that feels most comfortable in your mouth.

3 thoughts on “Do You Know The Correct Way To Brush Your Teeth?

  1. I think the hardest thing for me to remember when brushing my teeth is getting all the way to the back of my mouth. My dentist did tell me that I am a good at brushing my teeth, but that I needed to make more of an effort to reach the back teeth. However, I feel like it is hard for my toothbrush to reach all the way to the back. Could this be because my toothbrush is too big, or am I just not used to brushing back there?

    1. Yes, try using a smaller toothbrush if it does not seem to fit well in the back of your mouth. It is great to hear that you are conscious of this and are working on remembering to brush your back teeth!

  2. Knowing that brushing your teeth too often is good to know so you don’t end up causing oral problems. It would be great if everyone knew exactly how and when to brush their teeth. That way there wouldn’t be so many problems with individual’s teeth!

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