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Best Brushing Techniques

Do you want to keep you pearly whites? Most people do. It’s important! People who maintain their smiles are healthier, more attractive, happier, and smell better!

Many people don’t realize that there are specific brushing techniques that help to keep your smile bright!

The first thing to do is to choose the correct tooth brush. Here are some things you should look for:

  • Choose a brush that will be comfortable in your mouth. One that is too large will not be able to reach all of the sections in your mouth.
  • You will have a choice between an electric toothbrush and a manual toothbrush. An electric toothbrush will make your job a bit easier. It pulsates cleaning the surfaces at it goes. A conventional manual toothbrush can work just as well, but take a little more effort on your part.
  • The bristles on the head of the toothbrush should be rounded.
  • Choose soft, medium, or hard bristles based on how hard you brush your teeth. When in doubt, choose soft bristles. Hard bristles can damage your teeth.
  • Your toothbrush should show the ADA symbol stating that it is approved by the American Dental Association.

The next thing to consider is your toothpaste. Here is what to look for in good toothpaste:

  • Does the toothpaste have fluoride?
  • Is the toothpaste certified and tested by the ADA?
  • Does the toothpaste whiten your teeth?

Some other things to consider for your toothpaste which at first blush don’t seem important, but can affect the way you brush your teeth are:

  • The texture of the toothpaste. Does the texture cause you to not want to brush your teeth.
  • The taste of the toothpaste. Does the toothpaste have a bad aftertaste? Does it burn when you use it? Does it create too many bubbles? The taste of the toothpaste is particularly important when you are choosing toothpaste for your children. Children can be sensitive to the minty flavors in toothpaste and refuse to brush their teeth.

Next you need to consider your technique when brushing.

  • Brush your teeth in small circular motions starting in the front and moving to the surfaces on your molars.
  • Pay attention to the spaces in between your teeth. (Dentists see a lot of cavities in these areas.)
  • Brush your tongue and other areas of your mouth. (Brushing your tongue helps prevent halitosis.)
  • Floss carefully between each tooth. Flossing is a part of tooth brushing that often gets overlooked.
  • Rinse your mouth with water. Rinsing with water will remove any leftover particles from your teeth and leave you feeling fresh.

The best brushing techniques may take a little bit of time, but it is time well spent and time saved from sitting in a dentist’s chair.

But if you ever need a dentist, for any reason, palm bay dentists are ready and willing to help!

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