At Parkcrest Dental Group, we offer industry-leading dental care techniques to protect the health and wellbeing of you and your whole family. Our trusted and experienced team delivers advanced dental care services, but that doesn’t mean we have forgotten about the basics! In today’s blog, the experts at Parkcrest Dental Group offer tips and techniques for everyday toothbrushing.
Choose the Right Toothbrush for You
Even though there are hard-bristled toothbrushes available at the store, the American Dental Association recommends a soft-bristled brush for the general cleaning needs of average people. Soft-bristled brushes are easier on your gums and protective tooth enamel. So unless recommended by your dentist, stick with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
Choose a toothbrush that fits comfortably in your mouth, so you are able to maneuver the brush to all of the hard to reach surfaces of your teeth. Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Your old toothbrush will become worn down and will eventually build up bacteria, so it’s important to start fresh with a new toothbrush on a regular basis.
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Use the Right Technique
The most important technique for brushing your teeth is simply to brush well and brush often. But there are some details that you can focus on when brushing to protect your teeth best. It is recommended to position your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums. This is the best angle for cleaning around the gumline and the crevices on chewing surfaces. Use light pressure, and brush in small circles as you go.
Make sure to brush every surface of each tooth, the outer surface, the inner surface, and the chewing surfaces. For the inner surfaces of your front teeth, change to a vertical angle for your toothbrush and use an up and down motion to reach all surfaces and the crevices between teeth.
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Brush When it Counts Most
How you brush is important, but just as important is when you brush. Great dental health depends on a good brushing routine. Brush once in the morning, usually after breakfast, and once before bed after you have finished eating for the day. It’s recommended that you brush your teeth after each meal. This will clean away any residue and debris that may remain on your teeth after you have finished eating.
Brushing your teeth after eating sugary foods is also important. Bad bacteria love to eat sugar. When they do find sugar, they produce a bacterial acid that damages your teeth and causes cavities. Brush away sugars left on your teeth after you eat sweet snacks so that bacteria can’t eat the sugars too!
Parkcrest Dental Group is Here for You
Parkcrest Dental Group is dedicated to the health and well-being of you and your family. We pay extra attention to every detail, from basic brushing techniques to advanced dental care. Your smile is our priority. For helpful advice and excellent dental care, contact Parkcrest Dental Group today.