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Is There a Right Way to Brush Your Teeth?

Most people know or believe they should brush their teeth twice a day. But you might be surprised how many adults are unsure of proper technique, or if there even is a “right way” to brush. Considering what an important role tooth brushing plays in dental care, it is beneficial to know how and when to brush your teeth to maintain your oral health. It doesn’t take much time or effort to keep your teeth healthy between preventive checkups and cleanings, especially if you know how!

Tips for Effective Brushing

Brushing at least twice daily is important, but it if you want to maximize the effectiveness of your brushing it is important to use proper technique.

  • Your toothbrush should be held at a 45-degree angle to your gums, and your brush strokes should be back and forth, approximately tooth-wide.
  • You’ll need to brush the outside and inside of your teeth, as well as your tongue, which can house a host of bacteria (often responsible for bad breath).
  • Each time you brush it should be for at least two minutes. Setting a song to help you know how long to brush can be helpful for kids and adults alike.
  • You should brush once in the morning and once at night, either after dinner or just before bed. But most people would benefit from a third brushing around midday.
  • Brushing more than three times a day is not advisable, because it can damage your teeth’s enamel.
  • Contrary to what some people believe, you should select a soft-bristled toothbrush. Harder toothbrushes do not mean better cleaning, and they can actually irritate your sensitive gum tissue.
  • It’s also important to select a toothpaste that is non-abrasive, so as not to inadvertently damage your teeth’s enamel.
  • If you notice sensitivity while brushing (or flossing) it could be a sign of a dental problem, such as a cavity or gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. Schedule an appointment with your restorative dentist if you notice any dental problems, as prompt treatment is the best way to preserve your teeth and restore your oral health.