Brushing is the most effective method for removing harmful plaque from your teeth and gums. Getting the debris off your teeth and gums in a timely manner prevents bacteria in the food you eat from turning into harmful, cavity-causing acids.
Most dentists agree that brushing two times a day is the minimum to maintain optimal oral hygiene.
Since everyone’s teeth are different, come see us first before choosing a brushing technique. Here are some popular techniques that work:
- Use a circular motion to brush only two or three teeth at a time, gradually covering the entire mouth.
Place your toothbrush next to your teeth at a 45-degree angle to your gumline and gently brush in a circular motion – not up and down.
Don’t forget the other surfaces of your mouth that are covered in bacteria – including the gums, the roof and floor of your mouth, and most importantly, your tongue. Brushing your tongue not only removes trapped bacteria and other disease-causing germs, but it also freshens your breath.
Remember to replace your brush when the bristles begin to spread because a worn toothbrush will not properly clean your teeth.
Effective brushing usually takes about two minutes. Believe it or not, studies have shown that most people rush during tooth brushing, spending less than a minute.
Type of brush to use
Most people are advised to choose a regular sized toothbrush with soft, nylon bristles (natural bristles tend to harbor bacteria). The brush should have a long, wide handle for a firm grasp. Medium and hard bristles are can lead to gingival recession and are not recommended.