How to Brush Your Teeth
The first step is to choose a good toothbrush. You always want to use a soft brush with a small head. A soft brush is hard enough to remove plaque, yet gentle enough not to damage your teeth or gums.
The next issue is to select good toothpaste. In general, any toothpaste that contains Fluoride will do the job. Patients with sensitive teeth can try products like Sensodyne to help reduce discomfort.
The first rule of brushing is to divide your mouth up into four quadrants (top left, top right, bottom left, bottom right). Brush your teeth from front to back, moving from left side of your mouth to the right, or right to left. This way you won't miss any area. Usually a pea-sized amount of toothpaste is enough.
There are a variety of techniques for brushing your teeth, but one of the most popular ones is described here:
- Hold the brush at a 45 degree angle toward the teeth and gums. Start brushing in small concentric circles. Repeat this motion 6 to 10 times and move on to the next area of 2 to 3 teeth.
- On chewing surfaces, short strokes work best to get the plaque out of the grooves and pits.
- When brushing the back side of your front teeth, hold your brush vertically to be able to reach the teeth better and close slightly to better clean behind to top molars.
- An adequate brushing should take at least 2 minutes and preferably around 4 minutes.
As far as frequency of brushing is concerned, ideally you want to brush your teeth after each meal. But if you can’t, brush at least twice a day - after breakfast and before going to bed. If you live in or around Prescott Valley and Chino Valley, give us a call today to schedule your oral health evaluation exam.