Brushing our teeth is among the earliest habits that we might remember learning, and it is a standard for oral care. Twice-daily brushing and flossing keeps at bay the buildup of plaque and tartar, and ensures that our enamel is kept strong, with no areas of weakness.
However, it can pay serious dividends to occasionally refresh ourselves on the best methods of tooth brushing. We seldom consider our technique, as for most adults, it has simply become a part of their daily routine, something not worth a great deal of consideration. However, our teeth, and especially our gums, can suffer when we brush incorrectly. Hard brushing can actually remove the enamel on your teeth, putting them at higher risk of developing cavities. Being careless around your gumline can contribute to long-term issues, such as receding gums.So how is it done properly?
At National Periodontics, we recommend that you start with a soft-bristled toothbrush, replaced every 3-4 months, or every time that you notice the bristles are growing out at an odd angle. Soft bristles are vital, as it is considerably easier to overbrush, and hurt your enamel, with a stiff-bristle toothbrush. Your toothpaste should be fluoride-based.
Now, place your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to your gums, and work it back and forth in short strokes – no wider than the width of your tooth. This should keep the brush from impact the gumline. Repeat this method on the chewing surface of your tooth. On the inside of your tooth, brush upward sharply, on each tooth.
Done properly, you won’t clean your teeth at the expense of your gums. Maintenance is the name of the game in oral care, and at National Periodontics, we can help to improve the state of your teeth and gums with professional care. Contact us today to find out more.