Brushing Tips

Brushing is an important part of your oral hygiene routine. To maintain a healthy smile, the ADA recommends that you brush your teeth twice a day with a soft bristled brush, replace your tooth brush everything 3-4 months, and use an ADA approved fluoride toothpaste.

How to properly brush your teeth:

  1. Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums.
  2. Gently move the brush back and forth in short (tooth-wide) strokes.
  3. Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
  4. To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes.
  5. Brush for two minutes twice a day.
  6. Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and keep your breath fresh.

Of course, brushing your teeth is only a part of a complete oral care routine. You should also make sure to:

  • Clean between teeth daily with floss. Tooth decay-causing bacteria still linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. This helps to remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.
  • Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks.
  • Visit our office regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams.