Because most people begin to brush their teeth on their own around 4-6 years old, you may think you have a pretty firm grasp on what’s involved and how to do it all correctly. However, there’s a good chance that many of us haven’t reevaluated our brushing techniques since we learned how to do it ourselves.
Proper Brushing Techniques
Below are a few simple brushing techniques to help you brush up on the basics:
Twice Daily – According to the American Dental Association, it’s important that you brush your teeth at least twice a day, usually in the morning and at night. It’s a good idea to try to brush your teeth after lunch as well. Additionally, make sure you’re using fluoride toothpaste, as fluoride has been shown to decrease the risk of dental cavities.
Check Your Brush – Your equipment goes a long way towards the success of your dental health. Make sure you’re using a toothbrush with soft or medium bristles. Harder bristles may cause damage to your gum tissue. It’s also important that you replace your toothbrush every 6 months or as soon as the bristles begin to fray.
Two Minutes a Time – Lastly, if you’re spending any less than 2 minutes to brush your teeth, it’s likely that each tooth isn’t being thoroughly cleaned. There are plenty of apps that can help you time your toothbrushing sessions, or you can brush for the full length of a song or an entire commercial break on the television.
For more information on how to properly care for your teeth, or if you need to make an appointment for a dental cleaning and exam, please contact SpringRock Dental, located in Aurora, CO.