Effective tooth brushing is essential for removing food particles and bacteria that contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. However, it’s crucial to avoid aggressive scrubbing, as this can lead to erosion of the teeth and gums, a concern frequently observed by Dr. Sindledecker, Dr. Saltz, and our staff.
To brush your teeth properly, adhere to these guidelines:
- Apply a small amount of toothpaste, typically a pea-sized amount or a thin strip, to your toothbrush bristles.
- Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth, angling towards the gums. Utilize a circular motion for all external tooth surfaces, avoiding harsh back-and-forth scrubbing.
- After cleaning the outer surfaces, hold the brush vertically to address the inner surfaces of your teeth that face your tongue. Don’t overlook the inner surfaces of your front teeth.
- Conclude by cleaning all chewing surfaces with a gentle touch, ensuring thorough cleaning of the entire depth of your molars. Aim to complete this process in about two minutes.
For optimal results, Dr. Sindledecker, Dr. Saltz, and our staff recommend changing your toothbrush every three to four months. Additionally, remember to clean your tongue, as it aids in removing excess bacteria from your mouth. Specialized brushes designed for tongue cleaning are readily available and easy to use.
Maintaining proper oral care also involves regular flossing, which can be done before or after brushing. Following up with a high-quality mouthwash provides an extra layer of protection. Don’t hesitate to seek tips on proper brushing and flossing from the knowledgeable Sindledecker Dentistry team.