Brushing is something we all learn at an early age, however many do not realize that there are certain brushing techniques that will best promote the health of your teeth and gums. A proper brushing generally takes a minimum of two minutes, while many people tend to devote less than a minute to their brushing routine.  Using a timer set at two minutes will ensure proper brushing time.   When you brush your teeth, you should avoid using pressure but instead use short, gentle strokes, focusing on hard to reach places, eating surfaces, and your upper and lower gums especially the sulcus where your teeth and gums meet.

Your first line of defense should always be to arm yourself with the proper toothbrush and toothpaste.  Using a toothbrush with soft bristles allows you to remove unwanted food debris and plaque without causing unnecessary damage to your gums that may lead to sensitivity.  Try using a toothbrush with a smaller sized head to access hard to reach places such as back teeth and tight areas.  Visible signs of wear should alert you that it is time to replace your toothbrush since worn bristles can tear away and harm delicate gums.  Replacing your toothbrush every couple of months or after you have been sick is essential, as bristles can hold on to unhygienic germs and bacteria.

Selecting the proper toothpaste is another essential technique to promoting good oral hygiene.  There are a variety of toothpastes available that are specially designed for your own particular needs such as reduction of sensitivity, tarter control and prevention of gingivitis. If you are unsure of which type of toothpaste or toothbrush you should be using your dentist will be able to steer you in the right direction.

Maintaining a proper brushing routine is the first form of protection against cavities and gum disease.  However, even the most proficient patient in tooth brushing can not replace the benefits of regular check-ups and cleanings by your dentist.  A combination of regular dental visits and utilization of proper brushing techniques is your best means of achieving and maintaining good oral health.


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