Brushing your teeth is something you have probably been doing most of your life, but did you know that most adults brush incorrectly?
Brushing correctly means brushing for a full two minutes, and devoting a minimum of 30 seconds on each side on both the top and the bottom teeth.
As you are preparing to brush your teeth, first start by flossing. Flossing before brushing allows for you to remove any particles during brushing that may have been removed. It also allows for easier removal as brushing may sometimes ‘push’ small particles into the gum lines making it more difficult to remove.
After you have flossed, wet your toothbrush and apply a small (pea-sized) amount of fluoride toothpaste. If you have sensitive teeth, talk with your dentist about an appropriate sensitivity toothpaste. Brush each section of your teeth for a minimum of 30 seconds, and do not forget to brush your tongue and roof of your mouth as bacteria that causes cavities also lives in these areas.
You should brush with a soft toothbrush a minimum of twice a day. If you like using mouthwash, use these after brushing on clean teeth. Remember that mouth wash only masks mouth odors, and the best ways to remove mouth odors are through effective brushing, flossing and dental cleanings.
To supplement your daily brushing and to make sure your teeth are as healthy as possible, you should also visit your dentist at least every six months for a dental cleaning and checkup. Professional dental cleanings will remove any deposits and plaque that may have developed, and allow your dentist and hygienist time to examine your mouth for any signs of illness or problems.
Effective brushing is one of your best ways to help keep your mouth, gums and teeth healthy. If you need more information on brushing, make an appointment to see your dentist for help.
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