Palm Beach Gardens and Jupiter, Florida
It’s a question you may give little thought to, are you brushing your teeth correctly? We have all heard countless times that brushing is important, but not as much emphasis on how we brush. The truth is, you can actually brush incorrectly to the point that your brushing is ineffective or it could cause damage to your teeth and gums.
Your Palm Beach Gardens dentist at PGA Smiles is here to share with you how to brush your teeth correctly. Even if you think you are doing everything right, keep reading because you may find that you aren’t!
First off, we should brush twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Notice the emphasis on the type of toothbrush you should be using. Many people pay little attention to the type of toothbrush they purchase and may end up with a medium-bristled kind that is too harsh on their teeth and gums. Check the toothbrush’s label and be sure it’s a soft one before purchasing your next one.
Replace your toothbrush every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles are worn down and frayed. A worn out toothbrush will be ineffective at cleaning your teeth.
Brush using fluoridated toothpaste with the American Dental Association’s seal of approval. Brands without this trusted seal may be ineffective or unsafe for you to use.
Now that we have gone over the basics let us take a moment to look at another important aspect of brushing your teeth correctly.
Technique of Brushing
How do you usually brush your teeth? Most people just mindlessly use back and forth motions when brushing their teeth. Not only is this an improper technique, but it also may lead to enamel erosion or receding gums that result in sensitive teeth and a greater risk for tooth decay.
- Instead, follow this technique:
- Hold the toothbrush at 45-degree angle to the gums
- Gently brush your teeth by moving the brush in small circles (about the width of a tooth)
- Be sure to brush each surface, the outer, inner, and chewing surface of each tooth
- Remember to brush the backsides of the front teeth (both top and bottom) by using vertical brush strokes
Always use gentle brushing, and never aggressively brush your teeth. If you notice that your toothbrush seems to fray quickly, you could be using too much force when brushing.
Why proper brushing technique is important
By not brushing properly, you risk not removing plaque and food particles fully, which in turn could increase your risk of tooth decay or cavities. Also, your bad brushing habit could result in receding gums, which typically leads to tooth sensitivity. When gum recession occurs, it exposes a more sensitive part of the tooth that is not covered with enamel. Since dental enamel cannot repair itself, it is essential to protect it from the beginning by properly brushing your teeth.
General Dentist in Palm Beach Gardens
To learn more about proper brushing techniques or other ways to protect your oral health, contact PGA Smiles today by calling (561) 627-7090 to schedule a consultation.
PGA Smiles is proud to provide oral health care to patients in the areas of Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens in South Florida.