In this post from Thompson & Frey Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Owensboro we review some details about brushing, one of the best things you can do to maintain your dental health.
Are you getting the most out of your toothpaste? One key to activating its value is to create plenty of foam when brushing.
Working up a good foam is brought about by pre-wetting the toothbrush, then attacking at a 45 rather than 90 degree angle. The foaming assists in dislodging food debris from nooks and crannies in the mouth. Go ahead and swish it around at the completion of brushing to pick up any stragglers. The abrasives in toothpaste are designed to polish the teeth without damaging the enamel.
Because of the abrasives, soft toothbrushes are best for proper brushing. Harder bristles can put the enamel and gum line at risk. When the gum line recedes from aggressive brushing (or any other cause) a patient may experience tooth pain, increased build-up and decay, tooth structure weakening, and in acute cases, tooth loss.
The fluoride in the toothpaste promotes remineralization when the paste has been rubbed around on all surfaces of all teeth in the entire mouth. This takes time so be certain you brush for at least 2-3 minutes.
Moreover, remember that flossing is essential and rounds out the 5 minutes each day to give you healthy, pain-free chewing for years and years to come.
- Wet soft bristle toothbrush
- Use fluoridated toothpaste
- Brush at 45 degree angle
- Brush gently for 2-3 minutes
- Cover every surface of every tooth
- Swish around in mouth before spitting out
- Floss gently around each tooth and don’t overlook the back surface of the rear molars
- Rinse out debris
This article is brought to you by Thompson & Frey Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Owensboro, where your dental health matters. Our services include cosmetic and family dentistry. Schedule your next checkup with us today.