You are brushing your teeth twice everyday, yet still not getting great reports from your dentist. What are you missing? Is there more you could be doing for your oral health? Your dentist in Lansdale has some insights and helpful tips for you on how to make the most of your home care routine.
Don’t Miss Anything
Did you know that there are areas of your teeth you may be forgetting to brush? Many patients forget to brush the backside of their teeth, or the side that faces your tongue, which you don’t see. Plaque builds up in this area too, so it’s important to spend as much time brushing the back of your teeth as you do the front.
Use the Right Techniques
Brushing your teeth correctly is as important as brushing twice per day. Using the proper techniques ensures that you remove the most plaque buildup possible. Also applying gentle pressure is better than too much pressure, which can damage delicate gum tissue.
Place your toothbrush against your teeth at a 45-degree angle. Use gentle circular motions as you move over the surfaces of your teeth. Focus on 30 seconds for each quadrant of your teeth to achieve the full 2 minutes.
Choose the Correct Tools
Brush your teeth with a soft-bristled brush with the right sized head for your mouth. Most adults need a medium sized brush head. Soft bristles protect your gums from injury. In order to achieve the best results, be sure you’re replacing your brush every 8 to 12 weeks, or when the bristles become frayed.
You might consider using an electric toothbrush, which essentially does the hard work of brushing for you while also timing your efforts to ensure that you’re achieving the recommended two minutes of brushing. Electric brushes also have technology that alerts you when you’re applying too much pressure.
Regular Dental Visits
Being consistent about visiting your dentist every six months will help you ensure that you are brushing and flossing properly and making the most of your homecare routine. Your dentist can recommend additional products such as an antibacterial mouth rinse that can give you added protection against tooth decay if necessary.
Your dentist is your best resource for your questions or concerns about your home care. Give them a call if you have questions!
About Brookwood Dental Associates
Brookwood Dental Associates is comprised of a highly skilled team of dentists dedicated to making your experience the most pleasant it can be. We offer comprehensive services in a state-of-the-art office designed to meet all of your dental needs under one roof. We also offer convenient morning and extended evening appointments to accommodate busy schedules.
If you’d like to contact Brookwood Dental Associates, we can be reached through our website, or by calling 215-368-2424.