Thursday, August 9, 2012

Proper Tooth Brushing Technique

Brushing your teeth is one of the most important daily habits to maintain a healthy smile. Unfortunately, many people don't realize they aren't bushing effectively. Improper brushing can lead to tooth decay, cavities, and expensive dental bills. How frustrating it would be to continue to have dental problems, even though you're brushing regularly!

Here's a quick look at the most effective way to brush your teeth. These recommendations come straight from the American Dental Association (ADA).  You can learn more at

First, a few tips... Brush twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Replace your toothbrush every three or four months. (Sooner if the bristles become frayed or bent). Use an ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste. (Or ask your dentist to recommend one for your specific condition).

Now, for the technique... Place your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to the gums. Move the brush back and forth gently in short, tooth-wide strokes. Be sure to brush the outer surfaces, inner surfaces and chewing surfaces of the teeth. To clean the inner surfaces of your front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes. Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and keep your breath fresh.

For a helpful visual guide, download the How to Brush PDF from the ADA.

Remember, brushing is only one part of maintaining dental health. Flossing and regular cleanings are also recommended to keep your smile healthy!  Be sure to schedule your next appointment with Dr, Simon Melcher at Implant and General Dentistry: 919-782-0548.

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