Like coloring inside the lines and sharing arts and crafts supplies with our classmates, brushing our teeth correctly is something most of us learn in the halcyon days of pre-school. Or is it? While most of us (hopefully) spend some quality time with the toothbrush at least once a day through the course of our lives, the reality is that obtaining the optimal clean for our teeth consists of a little technique beyond a few basic horizontal strokes between rinses.
Following a few basic steps can help to ensure that you are making the most out of every tooth brushing and flossing session.
Schedule Regular Dental Screenings and Check Ups
Ever wonder how your dentist always seems to know when you’ve been skipping the floss, no matter how good your teeth seem to look to the naked eye? The same can go for brushing. Skipping the floss and poor brushing techniques will lead to bacterial and plaque buildup between the teeth and underneath the gum line that will ultimately show up on your gums by way of inflammation and gingivitis (early gum disease). Talk to your dentist about the best toothbrush model and size for your teeth and gums, and get some tips on the best brushing techniques.
Technique Technique Technique
While brushing the teeth straight across may seem effective, using this method can fail to get in between the teeth and under the gum line, where the food and plaque buildup that you’re targeting with the brush are going to hide. A gentle, circular motion (think of how an electric toothbrush moves) will help the bristles of the brush reach the difficult to reach spots between each tooth.
Most people don’t think about brushing the back of the teeth, but a gentle scrub of the back of the teeth can help to target food particles that rinsing and regular brushing might miss.
Don’t Forget the Gums
A (very gentle) brush of the gums can also help to remove buildup that regular brushing can leave behind.
Dental Care in River Forest, IL
To learn more about how to keep your teeth and gums healthy, contact Ovation Dental today at (708) 689-0419 to request a consultation for a dental check up and oral cancer screening.