A healthy oral hygiene routine consists of brushing the teeth twice a day, flossing, and rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash. Although you can practicing an excellent oral hygiene, in theory, patients can actually cause more harm than good if they aren’t using the right technique in their oral hygiene routine.
Incorrect brushing can damage the enamel and irritate the gums which aren’t beneficial to your oral health. It benefits you to learn the proper brushing technique to improve your oral health.
At Integrated Dental Arts in Greeley, CO, Dr. Melvin Benson, and Dr. Jacob Dunham are committed to helping patients maintain healthy, beautiful smiles. To learn more, contact our Greeley, CO dental office. Patients can call 970.281.5972 or schedule an appointment online.
How Do I Properly Brush My Teeth?
When you are brushing your teeth, try to hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle. Once your toothbrush is at a 45-degree angle, gently angle it against the gumline and brush back and forth in a short stroking motion. Be sure to clean the front, back, top and sides of the teeth. Gently brush the top and bottom fo the tongue to remove debris and bacteria that can lead to bad breath.
Make sure you replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. The toothbrush can wear down over time, causing frayed and worn bristles. Store your toothbrush in an upright position to allow for proper drainage. Don’t store your toothbrush in a concealed space because it can harbor bacteria and become a breeding ground for mold. Keep your toothbrush clean to avoid complication to your health.
If you need suggestions for certain oral hygiene products, our dental care team can work with you to determine which products are right for you.
For more toothbrush care tips, please be sure to speak with Dr. Benson, Dr. Dunham, or one of our experienced dental care team members!