One of the easiest, simplest changes you can make for good oral health is to brush up on your brushing technique. Here are some pointers as you seek to do so.
Make sure you are brushing for 2 minutes, twice a day. Some people find it helpful to set a 30-second timer for each quadrant of their mouths, to ensure a quality clean.
To brush your teeth, use short, tooth-wide strokes in a back and forth motion. Brush the inside, outside, and chewing surfaces of each tooth. To clean the inside of the front teeth, tip the toothbrush inward, perpendicular to the gumline. make several rapid up-and-down strokes.
Use a very soft-bristled toothbrush, so as not to damage your tooth enamel and gum tissue. Medium and hard bristles will damage your mouth, which can lead to irritation, infection, and oral emergencies.
Flossing is also important. It cleans between teeth and behind back molars–both places it is difficult for a brush to reach. Use single-filament dental floss when you can, to avoid fraying. Talk to your dentist about other interdental cleaning options.
For more information, call Rock Canyon Dental in Provo, Utah, at 801-373-6362. Dr. Joseph Kayne and our team are happy to help!