Brushing your teeth seems like a straightforward process. You just run the brush over your teeth a few times and that’s all there is to it, right? That’s how 90% of people brush. If you’re among this majority, then you’re not following the correct brushing technique. Here’s the right way to brush that our oral surgeons recommend.
The Correct Tooth Brushing Technique
Go at a 45 Degree Angle – Most people instinctively brush side to side because it feels natural. However, try using short, 45-degree angle strokes. Also, instead of moving the brush in a straight line, move it in an elliptical motion.
Brush for Two Minutes – You live a busy life; we get it. However, it’s in your best interest to spare two minutes twice a day to brush. Divide your teeth into four quadrants and spend 30 seconds on each using the technique described above. Going way longer than two minutes, though, is counterproductive and can lead to sore gums and enamel erosion.
Storing Your Toothbrush
Yes, there is also a technique for storing your toothbrush. After using and rinsing the brush, remove excess water. Store the brush upright and not flat on the counter.
Also, never store the brush inside a case, even if the case has ventilation holes. Storage inside a case seems to make sense because it keeps the dust out. What you’re doing, though, is creating a humid environment for bacteria to grow on the brush surface.
Brushing Is Only One Part of the Equation
Remember, brushing alone – even with textbook-perfect technique – is not enough. Contact Mukilteo Dental Arts to schedule your first appointment if you don’t already have a family dentist. The right brushing technique combined with routine dental exams will keep gum disease and the endodontist at bay, allowing you a healthy smile for years to come.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
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