How to Brush Your Teeth Properly

You’ve been brushing your teeth for years – at least we hope you have! – and it’s become a habit that you rarely think about. You just do it. But as with any habit, you’re bound to perform the task absentmindedly. This is especially concerning for all of us at Creekview Dental in Woodbury.

By becoming aware of how you brush your teeth and learning the best way to the cleanest smile, you’re not only ensuring fresh breath, you’re also minimizing your risk for tooth decay and gum disease, two of the major causes of tooth loss.

Brushing your teeth correctly can also effectively remove plaque and tartar buildup, keep delicate gum tissue healthy, and eliminate harmful bacteria. Some people enjoy using an electric toothbrush, but no matter weather you use a manual toothbrush or an electric toothbrush, be sure the bristles are soft and that you using the right toothpaste. And don’t forget – replace that toothbrush or toothbrush head (on an electric toothbrush) every three months!

Quick Tips on Proper Brushing

  • Brush at least twice a day.

  • Bush for at least two minutes, allowing for about 30 seconds per section.

  • Start by brushing the outer surfaces of your teeth.

  • Aim your bristles at a 45-degree angle.

  • After the outer surfaces are clean, move on to the chewing surfaces of your teeth.

  • Use short, vertical or circular strokes to avoid abrasions to the tooth surface.

  • Be sure to clean the inside surfaces of your teeth as well as all other surfaces.

  • Finally make sure you have cleaned along the gumline and gently brushed your tongue to remove food particles and odor-causing bacteria.

No matter how perfect your tooth brushing technique may be, it’s still important to maintain regular checkups and professional cleanings with your Woodbury dentist. If you’re due for an exam and cleaning, contact Creekview Dental to schedule an appointment today. We look forward to seeing you soon!