Are You Brushing Your Teeth Correctly?

If you don’t brush your teeth properly this could lead to serious trouble for your smile, including an increased risk of tooth decay and even gum disease. In today’s blog, your Olathe, KS, dentists will explain what steps need to be take to properly brush your teeth, and how you can help keep cavities and periodontal disease at bay!

Your Toothbrush

The type of toothbrush you choose is very important! For example, whether you go electric or use a manual one, you need to make sure the bristles are soft. Using hard or medium bristles means that if you brush too hard, as many people do, you risk inadvertent damage to your tooth enamel or receding gum tissues. For babies, you may need to use a small one that fits over your finger. For toddlers and younger kids, be sure to pick an age-appropriate toothbrush that is easy for them to use.

Make Sure You Use Fluoride Toothpaste

Make sure the toothpaste you pick up contains fluoride. A naturally-occurring mineral, fluoride helps strengthen outer tooth enamel to reduce the risk of cavities. People of all ages benefit from using a fluoride toothpaste. For toddlers, use a rice-sized blot. For children and adults, use a pea-sized amount. While there are options that provide teeth whitening, be sure you use caution. Often, whitening options contain abrasive agents to remove stains, but these could also weaken enamel and cause tooth sensitivity. When in doubt, just look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance on the packaging.

Brushing Your Teeth

You should approach your teeth at a 45-degree angle, cleaning the tops and sides. Then brush in circular motions to clean the front teeth. Each session should take about two minutes, and be done when you wake up and then once again before going to bed. To help time the process for you or your children, using a sand timer, stopwatch, or play a fun song. Proper care could help not only fight tooth decay and gum disease, but also limit the risk of bad breath and teeth stains.

If you have any questions about how to keep your smile strong and healthy through proper cleaning each day, then contact our team today. Now is a great time to schedule a dental cleaning too!

DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT ORAL HYGIENE?

We know that the daily care you provide your teeth and gums keeps them free of decay, infection, and disease. Schedule an appointment today and learn about taking better care of your smile. You can also call E-Care Dentistry in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. Find our office at 15010 S Black Bob Road Olathe, KS 66062. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, and all surrounding communities.