It might seem like a simple task but you wouldn’t believe how many people aren’t brushing as effectively as they should.
Okay, okay…so we know that you brush your teeth twice a day (right?), so it probably feels pretty routine by now. After all, you have been brushing your own teeth for quite some time. But have you ever stopped to think about the fact that perhaps you may not be brushing properly? It might sound crazy but our Gaithersburg and Kensington, MD dentists, Dr. Kenneth Woo, Dr. Edmond Woo and Dr. Ho Kai Wang, are here to provide a little insight to see whether your tooth-brushing game could step it up a bit.
Here are some proper brushing techniques to always follow:
- Always angle your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle toward the gums.
- Gently use a back-and-forth motion with the brush over each tooth.
- Focus on the outer surfaces of your teeth, and then the inner surfaces followed by chewing surfaces.
- To clean the inner surfaces of a tooth, turn the brush around vertically and brush in an up-and-down motion.
- Make sure to brush your tongue, since a lot of bacteria can buildup there and cause bad breath.
Along with these tips for how to brush, here are some other handy oral care tips from our Gaithersburg and Kensington general dentists:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day for a minimum of 2 minutes each time.
- Always opt for a soft-bristled toothbrush that can easily fit into all areas of your mouth.
- Look for a fluoridated toothpaste that is ADA-approved.
- Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months or once the bristles begin to fray. Frayed bristles can be too harsh on enamel and wear teeth down more easily.
- You should also replace your toothbrush after an illness, as bacteria can be harbored in the bristles and cause illness.
- Remember that on top of brushing, flossing daily, following a healthy diet and getting regular professional cleanings are all part of great oral care.
Do you need to schedule your six-month cleaning? Do you have questions about caring for your smile? No matter what you need, Dr. Kenneth Woo, DDS and Associates in Gaithersburg and Kensington, MD are here to help. Call us anytime!