Most of us are probably sure we know how to brush our teeth, but do we? Sometimes we never learn the proper way to do things, and brushing your teeth can be one of those things. If your dental exams and cleanings have been less than stellar, review how you brush your teeth to ensure you’re doing it correctly.
Adding a fluoride toothpaste or gel is an important step to brushing your teeth. If there isn’t fluoride in the drinking water in The Dental Co. of Leesburg, then this mineral in your toothpaste may be the only protectant you use against decay-causing bacteria.
Only a pea-sized amount of toothpaste or gel is all that’s necessary on the brush head. Next, put the bristles against your teeth at a 45-degree angle and rotate the brush gently to get the surfaces clean. If you’re not sure what a 45-degree angle looks like, have one of our dentists at The Dental Co. of Leesburg show you.
When you’re done brushing the front side of your teeth, brush the back of them and the surfaces. Use the same circular motion as the front ones because brushing your teeth too hard can damage the enamel, and your gums can recede, causing sensitivities when eating and drinking.
When brushing the surface of the premolars and molars, brush back and forth gently to remove food debris on the surface and in the crevices of the teeth. After finishing, you don’t need to spit out any excess foam from the toothpaste or gel unless that’s your preference. Brush twice a day or at least once daily to keep your teeth clean.
Along with brushing, you should also floss between your teeth every day. Floss with wax covering is easier to floss with, although you can go with it too. Another important part of proper dental hygiene is visiting your dentist for exams and cleanings twice a year.
Some of the best dentists work for us at The Dental Co. of Leesburg and they can spot signs of decay before you realize the problem. Follow their instructions and treatment suggestions to ensure that your teeth stay healthy and beautiful.