How to Brush Your Teeth

by | Nov 10, 2015 | General, Good Habits!

It may sound silly “how to brush your teeth” but there is an effective technique for a bright clean smile.

First thing’s first, make sure you are using the proper equipment. It doesn’t matter if you are using a manual or electronic brush, if your brush is not the right size cleaning won’t be as affective. If your brush is too big you may not be able to get to those hard to reach places. If your brush is too small you may not be brushing the entire tooth like you think you are, it’s important to find the right brush size for your mouth and tooth size. Now that you have found a comfortable brush head size:

  • Place toothbrush along the gum line and brush with a back and forth motion to clean the outer surface (front) of your top and bottom row teeth.
  • Repeat Step 1 for the inner surface (back) of your teeth.
  • Brush the chewing surfaces of your teeth, these are the uneven surfaces of your teeth. Substances stick to these surfaces more than smooth surfaces, be sure to show these areas some attention.
  • Once your teeth are plaque free move onto the tongue. The tongue carries a lot of build up of bacteria causing unflattering bad breath.
  • Repeat this entire process twice a day, morning and night, for proper oral hygiene.

While you are brushing your teeth be sure not to brush too hard or aggressively. Brushing too hard may cause your gums to bleed as well as wear down the enamel over time. If you have any additional questions and brushing techinuqes and frequency refer to your dentist.

Dr. Merle Saldivar

Dr. Saldivar received a B.S. at Penn State University and a D.D.S. at University of Maryland. With over 10 years of experience, Dr. Saldivar is certified in the United States Dental Institue (Orthodontic Program) as well as Invisalign certified. She is fluent in Spanish, Tagalog-Filipino, and volunteers her services for Give Kids a Smile, a program that is part of the American Dental Association.
Dr. Merle Saldivar

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