What is the right way to brush? Every day, you’re supposed to brush your teeth for at least two minutes, preferably once in the morning and once before bed. However, many adults do not come close to reaching the two minute brushing time required. Additionally, many will miss important spots on the tooth, that can lead to your tooth becoming weakened or even prone to cavities. Here are a few tips for proper brushing technique.
You may be surprised to discover that you don’t get two minutes in when you brush. Try timing yourself with a stopwatch to see how long you think you’ve been brushing. You could also get an electric toothbrush with a two minute timer that lets you know exactly when two minutes is up.
Get All Surfaces of Your Tooth
When you brush, tilt your toothbrush at an angle against your gumline and sweep the brush away from your gumline. You can ensure you have covered every surface of your tooth by brushing each individual tooth one at a time. Focus on one side of your tooth while you brush, then move to another side of the same tooth. Make sure you are thoroughly brushing the back of your tooth, as well as the chewing surfaces. Don’t forget to brush your tongue to remove bacteria that can cause bad breath.
Use Floss and Replace Your Toothbrush Often
Flossing is just as important as brushing your teeth, so do not forget to floss at least once a day. You should also replace your brush at least every three months, or earlier if it begins to show signs of wear. Use a toothbrush that you prefer to use, whether it’s an electric toothbrush or a traditional toothbrush. The one you are most comfortable using is the best choice, but keep in mind that softer bristles are more gentle on your gums.
When we think about our oral health, it’s important to remember that gum health is just as important as tooth health. You should floss well and try to remove all food particles from between your teeth, and if you’re still having bleeding despite flossing regularly, then you need to see your dentist to uncover what may be causing your issue.
As always, don’t forget about you six-month cleaning, as well as your regular dental check-up. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Giovannini! Book an appointment online by clicking on the button below, or call our friendly dental office.