Brushing your teeth at least twice per day is ingrained in us at a very early age. Some people brush after every meal. This can only be helpful, right? The truth is, how you brush you teeth and using the right tools is just as critical as how often you brush them. Your dentist in Albuquerque explains.
Choosing the Right Toothbrush
Just like any task, having the right tools is critical to your success. The same is true of brushing your teeth. Choosing the right toothbrush will ensure that you remove plaque without damaging your teeth and gums. You may also want to consider switching to an electric toothbrush, which does a lot of the hard work of brushing for you.
If you stick with a manual toothbrush, look for a high quality brush with soft bristles, and be sure to replace it often. The reason you want to do this is to protect your teeth and gums from the damage a worn toothbrush can cause.
You may have heard the recommendation that you should replace your toothbrush every 3 months, it’s actually a good idea to replace it as soon as you begin to notice wear. For some folks, that may be as often as every four weeks.
You should also replace your toothbrush if you have been sick. Your brush could be housing germs and bacteria that can cause your sickness to return all over again.
Proper Brushing Technique
The way that you brush your teeth can also impact your success. Some of us brush too vigorously, which can damage delicate gum tissue, and even wear away tooth enamel. Other people don’t spend enough time brushing, which allows harmful plaque and bacteria the chance to grow and cause tooth decay and cavities.
Here are some tips to keep in mind as you brush your teeth:
- Place your brush at a 45 degree angle to your gums
- Use gentle easy circular motions around each tooth being careful not to brush your gum tissue
- Be sure not to forget to do the back and chewing surfaces of your teeth as well as the front
- Brush for two minutes, spending 30 seconds in each quadrant of your mouth
Still have questions about brushing, or which type of brush to use? Your Albuquerque dentist has answers. Give us a call today!
About Dr. Monica Boehmer
When you choose to work with Dr. Monica Boehmer for your dental care, you’ve chosen to experience dentistry in a way that you probably haven’t before. You’ll notice that you receive individualized attention and exceptional service every time you come to our office, as well as dentistry you can be proud of and rely on for many years to come.
If you would like to contact Dr. Boehmer, she can be reached by calling 505-271-8009 or through her website.