Brushing 101

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You have been brushing your teeth for a long time. So long in fact that it has more than likely become second nature. But, after all these years, it may be time to ask yourself if you are doing it right. That may seem like an odd question since brushing your teeth is a pretty simple task. You place a little toothpaste on the bristles, move the brush up and down, and back and forth. You rinse, you spit and you’re out the door, right? Well, not exactly.

When brushing your teeth, you should hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth. It is easy to get the fronts of your teeth, but you should also clean the backs and the chewing and biting surfaces. To clean the insides of your front teeth, hold your toothbrush vertically and use very short up and down movements. It is also important to remember that you need to brush for at least two minutes in the morning and at night. You might want to try timing yourself to see how long you are brushing. You may be surprised to find out that you are not spending nearly enough time. Don’t forget to brush your gums. Plaque can build up there as well, and brushing your gums will stimulate the flow of blood, keeping the healthy.

Make sure your toothbrush is in good shape. It should have soft bristles, and should be small enough that you can reach all of your teeth. You should replace it every three months or when the bristles are worn.

Brushing is an extremely important part of your oral hygiene routine, but so is visiting your dentist. If it is time for your regular cleaning and examination, you can make an appointment to see our dentist, Dr. Ayesha Rahman at Lavista Park Family Dentistry in Tucker, Georgia by calling (770)-939-5122 today.