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Are You Properly Brushing Your Teeth?

April 19, 2024

Brushing your teeth was likely something you learned decades ago. It might seem simple enough, but many people aren’t brushing their teeth as well as they could be. When you take the time to brush your teeth, you want to ensure you are doing the best job possible and not wasting your time and effort. Here are some tips and tricks to review when brushing your teeth.

General Teeth Brushing Tips

  • Brush your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed. If time allows, brushing after each meal is also ideal.
  • Use only a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. For children who are under the age of three, a rice-grained amount of toothpaste is recommended.
  • Use a toothbrush with a small head and medium or soft bristles.
  • Use a power toothbrush if possible. In fact, if you have lots of buildup plaque, it may be better for you to use one. However, a regular toothbrush also gets the job done, so don’t fret if you don’t have or can’t afford an electric toothbrush.
  • After brushing your teeth, remember to rinse your toothbrush and let it air-dry in an upright position.
  • Wait to brush your teeth after eating or drinking something acidic because the acids can weaken tooth enamel.

How to Brush Your Teeth Properly

Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums. Using short strokes, move your brush back and forth on the width of your teeth. Brush the inner, outer, and chewing surfaces of all of your teeth. For the inside of your front teeth, tilt your toothbrush vertically and use up-and-down strokes. Be sure to brush for at least two minutes, dividing your time among the upper and lower teeth.

Frequently Asked Questions About Brushing Teeth

How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

Be sure to swap out your toothbrush (or the head of your electric toothbrush) at least every three to four months. Doing this is essential as the toothbrush bristles wear out over time and start to harbor bacteria. A fresh toothbrush every few months will keep your mouth feeling fresh and clean.

You should change your toothbrush every 3-4 months. The bristles of a toothbrush wear out over time, so by changing out toothbrushes, you are making sure you give your teeth the best cleaning you can.

Why is Dental Hygiene Important?

Dental hygiene is imperative not only for a clean mouth and healthy teeth but also for your overall general health. Poor dental hygiene can lead to many health problems, including the following:

  • Periodontal disease (gum disease)
  • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
  • Heart attacks
  • Pneumonia
  • Dementia
  • Respiratory infections

Oakland Dental Care: Your Partners in Oral Health

If you are looking for a compassionate and highly attentive dental practice, look no further than Oakland Dental Care. You can trust our professional, caring team to be your partners in oral health for life. Whether it’s a routine dental cleaning and check-up or a cosmetic treatment, we are here to help. Call 201-337-7733 or contact us today to learn more and schedule an appointment. 

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