If it isn’t already, brushing your teeth should be part of your everyday routine, however, most people don’t follow the guidelines that the American Dental Association has given in order to make sure your teeth are properly cleaned. Currently, the ADA recommends that at minimum, you should be brushing your teeth twice a day- in the morning after you wake up, and before you go to sleep at night. Also, it wouldn’t hurt to brush your teeth after consuming something that’s high in sugar.

Did you know that most people aren’t aware of the fact that when you brush your teeth, your toothbrush should be at a 45 degree angle on your gum line? This will help to remove any unwanted debris from the surface of your teeth and gum line efficiently. Be sure not to miss the back of your teeth, your gums and the actual chewing surface of each tooth. Think you’re done? Not so fast… It’s highly important to include brushing your tongue because bacteria can cause malodorous breath by accumulating bacteria.

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that the type of toothbrush you purchase and use matters to your oral health? The American Dental Association recommend a toothbrush with a soft-bristled head that is properly proportioned to the size of your mouth. Many people believe that the harder the bristles, the better and more efficient it’ll clean. This could not be farther from the truth! Hard-bristled toothbrushes can cause minor abrasions to the gums and teeth, which ends up making them much more vulnerable to cavities. We agree with the ADA recommending that you should be replacing your toothbrush at least four times throughout the year or whenever the bristles of your toothbrush become frayed.

Frequently Asked Questions…

Should I change my brushing habits?

If your brushing habits are different from what we stated above, and you are starting to experience some signs of bad oral hygiene such as bad breathe and decay, you may need to change up your brushing habits. Other examples of bad oral hygiene include: excessive plaque build-up, decaying teeth, reddening or bleeding gums, and receding gum lines. Make an appointment with us today to find out if you are brushing your teeth correctly.

dreamstime_13518832If I brush my teeth correctly, what should I expect?

Although you may not notice the proper tooth brushing techniques immediately after you change up your brushing habits, you will notice them long-term. If you aren’t brushing enough, or you’re brushing too hard, you can cause enough oral health complications that unfortunately cannot be reversed. These complications can end up requiring special treatment. So make your life easier and adopt the proper brushing habit to help you avoid expensive dental problems in the future.

What else can I add to my daily brushing routine?

It’s very important to add flossing into your daily tooth care routine and make sure you’re using toothpaste that contains fluoride. Also, we recommend scheduling dental exams and cleans at least two times a year.