The Mechanics of Teeth Brushing

Just because it’s tradition that doesn’t make it right. Habits are tough to break since they’re tough to question. We think that because something is good enough, it’s not worth changing. But when it comes to dental care, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. We’ve been brushing our teeth since we were children, but that doesn’t mean we’ve been doing it correctly. Here’s your definitive guide to brushing teeth.

Notice how everyone knows that we should be brushing our teeth for two minutes, but no one ever applies those rules? Sure two minutes seems like a long time but isn’t it worth it if your teeth retain their integrity throughout the years? Don’t use a stopwatch to help you keep track of time, instead play a song that’s going to get you dancing. It’s a proven fact that time goes by faster when you dance and brush your teeth at the same time.

Now let’s focus on the technique. Use short, gentle strokes to brush away unwanted food remnants and to apply the toothpaste. Give particular attention to your gum line as well as hard to reach places. When cleaning, you should brush over the outer surfaces of your upper teeth before moving to your lower teeth. Next clean the inner surfaces of upper teeth, then move to your lower teeth. Don’t forget to brush your tongue as well. When brushing the gum line, tilt the brush at a 45-degree angle and brush your teeth away from the gumline.

Use a soft-bristle brush when you brush your teeth. Don’t pick something too firm or too soft. Be sure to brush once in the morning and once at night. In regards to toothpaste, be sure only to use paste that contains fluoride. If you have any questions about basic dental hygiene, feel free to talk to the best Leesburg dentists in town.

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