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Tips for Effective Tooth Brushing

Posted on 6/15/2024 by Water's Edge Dental
Woman brushing teeth after making appointment at Water's Edge Dental in Boise, IDHopefully, tooth brushing is something we all do. Still, that does not mean we are all doing it right. While tooth brushing is a mundane affair, and one you have been doing for the longest time since the time you could hold a toothbrush, certain approaches to the process make it less effective at removing food debris and plaque. Here are some of the most effective toothbrushing tips.

Always Use the Right Tooth Brush

There are various toothbrush options, ranging from simple plastic brushes to high-end technological tools. There are toothbrushes with bristles that vibrate or spin. Choosing the right toothbrush is the first step in the right direction for effective tooth brushing.

Still, it is not the toothbrush that matters but rather the technique you choose to brush your teeth. You can have an electric toothbrush that vibrates on its own, but if your toothbrushing technique is poor, you can still end up with plaque on your teeth. Use a toothbrush approved by the American Dental Association containing its seal. Ensure that the toothbrush head is the right size for your mouth.

Use the Right Tooth Brushing Technique

There are different toothbrushing techniques, and every one of those techniques is designed to clean your teeth in unique ways. However, the standard way to clean your teeth is to hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle relative to your teeth and gums. You can also decide to brush every individual tooth while targeting the outer and inner sides. You should finish by brushing the chewing surfaces of each tooth.

Remember to Brush Your Tongue and Gums

Your toothbrushing is not effective unless you also brush your tongue and gums. Bacteria can collect at the intersection of your teeth and gums. You should make it a habit to brush your gums alongside your teeth.

Keep Your Toothbrush Clean

If you have had a cold a few days prior, you should consider changing your toothbrush to prevent reinfection. In general, you should consider changing your toothbrush once every four months or sooner if the bristles become frayed or worn. This is because a worn toothbrush is less effective at removing plaque and can even damage your gums.

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