Brushing your teeth is essential for maintaining good oral hygiene and the health of your teeth. But most people do not know the proper technique to brush their teeth.
Keeping your teeth and gums healthy is important for more than just your mouth. Oral health can be one of the first signs of other health problems, like heart disease and diabetes. That’s why it is important to practice good oral hygiene habits at home. In fact, did you know that brushing your teeth for a full two minutes twice a day can reduce your risk of gum disease and cavities by as much as 40%?
Start by brushing the outer surfaces of your teeth first using a circular motion. Then move on to the insides, making sure to brush the chewing surfaces of each tooth as well. As you brush towards the gum line, angle your toothbrush slightly to allow the bristles to reach under the gums. Lastly, use the tip of the brush to clean behind the front teeth and the back teeth.
Most toothbrushes come with their own tongue scraper on the back of the brush head. This is used to clean the back of your tongue to remove bacteria that cause bad breath. Bacteria also build up on your tongue overnight, so it is important to remember to brush it at least once per day.
Don’t forget to floss, too! Flossing helps remove plaque and food particles from between your teeth and below the gum line. If you have braces or another type of fixed appliance, there are special flossing aids available to assist you with cleaning these areas effectively. If you have questions about how to properly care for your teeth and gums, be sure to ask your dentist at your next visit. We would be happy to give you personalized tips that work best for you and your smile.
To find out more about the dental services we offer at Eric J. Sadler, DDS & Associates, Winston-Salem, NC, call (336) 744-1300 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit the dentist in Winston-Salem, NC, at 3801 Indiana Avenue, Winston-Salem, NC, 27105.