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Are You Brushing Your Teeth Properly?

By Therealsupermum @TheRealSupermum
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Whether you know it or not, there is a right way and a wrong way to brush your teeth, and knowing the right way can be the difference between having a healthy smile . . . and having to spend hours in a dentist’s chair for uncomfortable dental procedures. Keep your pearly whites bright and healthy by being conscientious about how you brush. Are you brushing your teeth properly? Read on to find out.

Timing. Believe it or not, a thorough tooth brushing takes at least two minutes. Many adults do not even come close to spending that much time on a brushing session. Time yourself with a stopwatch. You might be surprised to find that you have been shorting yourself all along.

Thoroughness. It is important that you get to every single space in your mouth when you brush your teeth, as the areas that are most prone to bacterial buildup and the resulting erosion are the areas that are hardest to reach (and, unfortunately, often overlooked). Don’t forget to pay special attention to that area behind your front teeth, and back behind the molars and wisdom teeth. Also, remember that a thorough tooth brushing job includes a vigorous brushing of the tongue and the roof of the mouth.

The gumline. Some people tend to avoid brushing at the gumline because of gum sensitivity. However, bacteria is especially fond of congregating in the gums, which can lead to gum disease, tooth decay, bad breath and more. To do a good job of brushing the gumline, hold your toothbrush at a forty-five degree angle, and sweep along the gums gently.

The right stroke. Brush teeth in a circular or back and forth motion, and be careful not to apply too much pressure. It is not necessary to “scrub” your teeth in an abrasive way. Be gentle and use short strokes.

The right tools. Of course, using the right toothbrush and toothpaste is very important to your oral hygiene. Contrary to popular belief, firm bristled brushes are not ideal for dental care. Soft bristled brushes are proven to be more effective at removing plaque and food particles from in-between teeth. Also, the smaller the head size the better, as this will allow you to get into even the most cramped spaces in your mouth. When it comes to toothpaste, it’s a good idea to spring for a brand and type that is specially formulated for your specific circumstances. Ask your dentist if you need a good recommendation.

Brushing your teeth properly is not rocket science – but it does require a specific procedure. Keep those chompers healthy and bright, and do your best to avoid unnecessary visits to the dentist’s office, by following these pointers.

About the Author: Eugene Takemura is a dental hygenist who recognizes the importance of proper tooth brushing habits in order to prevent tooth decay or the need for more serious procedures like implant surgery in NJ. She has seen many dental implant NJ procedures that could have been avoided if proper hygiene habits had been practiced earlier in life.

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