Do you brush your teeth at least twice a day? When do you brush them? When you do brush them, how long is long enough? We answer these questions and shed light on the importance of brushing below. Don't downplay tooth brushing, as it provides you with the strongest defense against gum disease and cavities.
How Long is Long Enough Each Time I Brush?
Many of our patients wonder if they brush long enough. First, you don't merely want to brush your teeth a certain length of time. You also want to brush them correctly. Never brush your teeth in a vertical motion, or to and fro. Brush along the gum line and angle your tooth brush accordingly. Make sure you cover the biting services of the teeth as well. Each tooth brushing session should last about two minutes. If you are brushing correctly, or brushing the bottom teeth upwards and the top teeth with a downward motion, you will have cleaner teeth and healthier gums.
What Else Should I Know?
When brushing your teeth, use a soft or extra soft toothbrush and don't brush too hard. You don't want to scrub your enamel so hard that it erodes. Some people think a firmer toothbrush is better and that brushing harder is more effective. However, you defeat the whole purpose of brushing when you take this approach. Be kind to your tooth enamel and clean your teeth at the same time by using a gentle brushing motion.
You can also benefit from professional cleanings when they are scheduled at least twice a year. Why not give us a call today to set an appointment for a cleaning and exam. We are always ready to help you improve the care of your teeth and gums. We want you to feel like smiling, as that is the greatest testimony to the kind of dental services we provide.