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Frequently Asked Questions About Brushing

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If you are one who has multiple questions about brushing your teeth, we are here to help you! Brushing can be a tricky and complicated task, but it’s time to uncomplicate it and properly brush. To help you do so, we happily provided the answers to the following tooth-brushing questions:

What is the proper way to brush your teeth?

The proper way to brush your teeth begins with holding your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums. Then, gently clean each tooth with a back-and-forth or circular motion. Make sure you clean the outside, inside, and top of your tooth. When you get close toward the gums, be gentle and soft. If you brush too hard, it could irritate your gums and make them move away from your teeth. Brush for a total of 2 minutes and make sure you clean every inch of your tooth—even the back sides of your back molars. When you’re done, feel free to clean the surface of your tongue with your toothbrush as well. This will help freshen your breath and remove the bacteria and debris that reside on the surface. Then, simply spit the toothpaste into the sink and rinse your mouth with water.

What kind of toothbrush do I need to use?

For the best cleaning job possible, use a soft-bristled toothbrush that has been approved by the American Dental Association. These kinds of brushes are the best available because they effectively and safely clean your smile all while caring for your gums.

How can I make brushing fun?

As long as you get a little creative, brushing can be fun anywhere and at any time! Try brushing to your favorite song. You can move the brush along with the beat. You can also try to make as many bubbles with the toothpaste as possible. Or, you can also make brushing a family activity!

How many times do I need to brush a day?

It is very important that you brush every morning and every night. Doing so will help you fight cavities and gum disease. However, if you would like to brush more often throughout the day, please feel free! Just make sure to wait to brush 30 minutes after eating.

What kind of toothpaste do I use to brush?

Toothpaste is an essential tool when it comes to brushing, so it’s important to use the right kind. The best kind available in the dental world today is toothpaste that contains fluoride and has been approved by the American Dental Association. Whether your paste is whitening or desensitizing toothpaste, if it has fluoride and has been approved by the ADA, you’re on the right track.

If you have additional questions that were not included in this blog or if you would like a demonstration on the proper way to brush your teeth, please call our office today and schedule an appointment. We are here to help you have the best oral health possible!