Shadow Valley, your Maumee Dentist, has compiled a quick tip sheet on how to brush your teeth the right way.
Tip 1: Choose the Right Toothbrush
Make sure your toothbrush is the right size, with the correct bristles, and a comfortable handle. The more suitable your toothbrush is, the more likely you are to use it.
The Right Size: Ensure the toothbrush is the right size for your mouth. Some people have smaller mouths, and may have trouble opening their mouths. In this case, a smaller sized toothbrush is appropriate.
The Right Bristles: It doesn’t necessarily matter if the bristles are angled or straight, when it comes to bristles, it’s the stiffness that counts. Pick a toothbrush with soft bristles, to avoid irritating the gums.
The Right Handle: This is easy – does it fit comfortably in your hand? That’s really all you need to worry about when it comes to the toothbrush handle.
Tip 2: Brush the Right Way
Many people struggle when it comes to the length of time, and the intensity of brushing.
The Right Length: The optimal length of time to brush teeth is between two and three minutes. Turn on the radio or TV to make the time go faster.
The Right Intensity: Easy does it! Don’t brush too aggressively, or you may injure your gums. Excessive brushing may erode tooth enamel, or expose the tooth root. Instead, brush gently and consistently for the right amount of time.
Tip 3: Brush the Right Places
It’s important to brush all your teeth, and to clean all tooth surfaces. It’s simple to accomplish this with a few handy reminders.
The Right Variations: Vary your routine by starting in different places each time you brush. Instead of always starting with your front teeth, try starting with the side teeth. This helps ensure each tooth is brushed thoroughly.
The Right Surfaces: Don’t forget your inner teeth! The most commonly skipped area is the inner surface of the lower teeth, according to Web MD.
Tip 4: The Right Way to Care for Your Toothbrush
There are a few things to remember when it comes to the care of your toothbrush. Taking care of your toothbrush is essential to optimum oral health.
The Right Rinse: Rinse your toothbrush after each and every brushing. Bacteria may grow on your toothbrush if it isn’t rinsed properly.
The Right Way to Dry: Again, don’t encourage bacteria growth on your toothbrush. To avoid this, ensure your toothbrush dries thoroughly between brushings.
The Right Change: Replacing your toothbrush is vitally important to ensure a good brushing. Inspect your toothbrush for frayed or broken bristles. If it looks worn, replace it. A good rule of thumb is to get a new toothbrush every three to four months.
Shadow Valley Dental
At Shadow Valley Dental, we care about your oral health. Our entire staff is committed to providing exceptional care to all patients. We encourage you to ask us questions if you’re unsure of any aspect of tooth health, care, and maintenance. Simply contact us at 419-865-3085 to speak with one of our staff members. You may also Ask the Doctor a question online. If you’d like, you may schedule an appointment online, or by calling our office. We look forward to serving you!