So you think you know what you’re doing–after all you have been brushing your teeth for years, right?  You’ve done it for so long you don’t even think about it.  But brushing correctly is crucial to your oral health so taking a few minutes to review tips for brushing is a good idea.  Like they say, anything worth doing is worth doing well and when it comes to brushing, the payoff is worth smiling about.

Brush at least two minutes, two times a day, and three times is even better.  Most of us are not brushing for at least two minutes.  If you don’t feel like you’re being thorough enough and brushing long enough, you might want to try an electric toothbrush with a built in timer.  Divide your mouth into four sections and spend 30 seconds on each.

Choose a brush with soft bristles and one that isn’t too big for your mouth.  It should fit comfortably inside your mouth without the need for opening your mouth too wide.  Remember to replace your brush every 3 to 4 months.  A worn out toothbrush is not going to do a good job at cleaning your teeth.

The proper technique is to hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums and move the brush in short strokes and don’t forget to brush your tongue to remove bacteria and to keep your breath fresh.

Most of us start in the same place every time we brush.  Switch it up and start in different places.  Toward the end of our sessions we may get bored giving little attention to the last area– you don’t want that area to always be the same one.  Mainly just make it a point to pay attention to your brushing to ensure you’re covering all areas thoroughly.

And lastly, keep your brush clean.  You don’t want to put germs from your mouth back into your mouth when you brush again.  Rinse off the brush and let it air dry.  Don’t put it in a case where it will stay damp and don’t put it on a dirty surface.  Store it in a cup or toothbrush holder.

Want to learn more tips? Check out our Dental Care Tips page.

If you have concerns about brushing or the best products to use, talk to the dentist on your next visit or give us a call anytime!