The Correct Way to Brush Teeth

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We know we need to brush our teeth for two minutes, twice daily. But do you know how to brush your teeth for the best possible clean? Here are a few tips and tricks.

The Right Brush

Use your toothbrush for just a few months, then throw it away. This means that if your toothbrush is about three to four months old or more, it’s time to replace it. Choose a toothbrush that has very soft bristles. Medium- or stiff-bristled brushes can do damage to your teeth and gums.

The Right Technique

Place the brush at a 45 degree angle to your gums and use gentle pressure. Harsh pressure, even when using a soft brush, can damage your enamel and gum tissue. Use short, back-and-forth strokes. Use only a small amount of toothpaste–no need for an inch-long squeeze. A dollop a little larger than the size of a pea will do very well.

The Right Support

Make sure that, in addition to brushing your teeth, you are also flossing them. Flossing removes plaque from areas your toothbrush cannot reach, such as in between teeth and behind back molars. This is vital for preventing cavities and gum disease. Using mouthwash is not a substitute for flossing.

For more information or to set an appointment, call Dental Designs of Bountiful in Bountiful, Utah, at 801-295-7171. Drs. Duke and Keddington look forward to seeing you!