Review your Brushing Techniques

August 2, 2022 / Category: Peterabasdds

Teeth as You Age

Proper brushing is key for protecting your teeth and oral health. An effective oral hygiene routine takes some simple steps, applied with consistency. Take a moment to review your technique below with our tips on how to properly brush your teeth and reduce tooth decay and gum disease. Then, connect with us for your deep clean! Our staff is efficient, and caring — and offers you the complete VIP experience. 

What Is the Right Way to Brush?

Proper brushing takes at least two minutes — that’s right, 120 seconds! Most adults do not come close to brushing that long. To get a feel for the time involved, try using a stopwatch. To properly brush your teeth, use short, gentle strokes, paying extra attention to the gumline, hard-to-reach back teeth and areas around fillings, crowns or other restoration. Concentrate on thoroughly cleaning each section as follows:

  • Clean the outer surfaces of your upper teeth, then your lower teeth.
  • Clean the inner surfaces of your upper teeth, then your lower teeth.
  • Clean the chewing surfaces.
  • For fresher breath, be sure to brush your tongue, too.

What Type of Toothbrush Should I Use?

Most dental professionals agree that a soft-bristled brush is best for removing plaque and debris from your teeth. Small-headed brushes are also preferable, since they can better reach all areas of the mouth, including hard-to-reach back teeth. For many, a powered toothbrush is a good alternative. It can do a better job of cleaning teeth, particularly for those who have difficulty brushing or who have limited manual dexterity.

How Important is the Toothpaste I Use?

It is important that you use a toothpaste that’s right for you. Today there is a wide variety of toothpaste designed for many conditions, including cavities, gingivitis, tartar, stained teeth, and sensitivity. Ask your dentist or dental hygienist which toothpaste is right for you.

How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

You should replace your toothbrush when it begins to show wear, or every three months, whichever comes first. It is also very important to change toothbrushes after you’ve had a cold, since the bristles can collect germs that can lead to reinfection.

Understanding the importance of our patients’ comfort, Dr. Abas is always thorough in every procedure, being as gentle as possible. Let us be your family dentist in Laguna Hills. Book your appointment today at 949.586.1127 and learn more on our Peter Abas, DDS Facebook Page.


Reference: [https://www.colgateprofessional.com/patient-education/oral-hygiene-basics/teeth-brushing-techniques]

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