Are You Brushing Your Teeth The Right Way?

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We all know we need to brush our teeth, and most of us do! However, as dental professionals, we know that many people don’t brush long enough, or may not do so properly, which means despite your best efforts, your smile could still be at risk of developing cavities or gum disease. In today’s blog, your Vista, CA, dentist will explain how to brush your teeth the right way.

The Importance of Cleaning Your Smile

When we eat and drink, this always leaves behind particles cling to the surface of the teeth, or trapped between them. If we don’t take action to remove them, then bacteria will consume them. Once bacteria begin breaking down these stray particles, this leads to high levels of oral acidity, and coats the teeth in a sticky bacteria byproduct known as plaque. This buildup will not only weaken enamel to lead to cavities, but could also irritate and inflame gum tissues, increasing the risk of periodontal disease. However, taking care of your smile each day helps protect you form these complications!

Using Your Toothbrush Properly

First, be sure you choose a toothbrush that contains soft bristles, as this limits the risk of inadvertent enamel damage for those who brush too hard. Make sure your toothpaste also contains fluoride, as this strengthens outer enamel, and only use a pea-sized amount. Approach the teeth at a 45-dgeree angle, starting with the rear of the mouth and working around the fort and other side. Be sure you also reach the chewing surfaces, and know that to do so properly, each session should take about two minutes. You should do this when you wake up and again before going to bed. Before bed, you should also floss in between your teeth too, as this reaches what bristles may not be able to extract.

When to Start?

Teeth should be cleaned the moment they arrive, so children often need you to clean their teeth at age one. As they grow, you can monitor them to make sure they’re doing so correctly, and be sure they attend six month checkup and cleaning visits too, so we can instill good habits and make sure the teeth and gums remain healthy and strong. If you have any questions about caring for smiles from home, or if you would like to schedule a visit for you or a member of your family, then contact our team today.

Our Vista, CA Dentist’s Office Provides Dental Education

Our Vista, CA dentist’s office is ready to thoroughly clean your smile, and educate you on how to do the same at home. For more information on protecting you and your family from poor oral health, then please contact Melrose Dental Arts at 760-724-9117.