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Reevaluating Your Brushing Techniques

Teeth BrushingMost dental patients feel like they have a pretty good idea of how to properly brush their teeth. Because we start brushing our own teeth between the ages of 4-7, most of us think we know what we’re doing. However, there’s a good chance that your oral hygiene routine hasn’t changed at all since we first learned to brush.

As we age, our teeth require different care and become vulnerable to different problems. Because brushing your teeth at home is perhaps the most important part of your oral hygiene routine, it’s important to reevaluate your brushing habits as the needs of your teeth change.

Proper Brushing Techniques

Below are a few ways for you to brush up on your brushing techniques:

  • Toothbrush Basics – The first step of reevaluating your brushing habits is to assess your equipment. Your toothbrush should have soft or medium bristles so it won’t damage your gum tissues. Secondly, make sure you’re replacing your brush every 6 months or when the bristles start to fray, whichever comes first. Otherwise, bacteria will begin to build up on the brush.
  • Twice Daily – You should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day – once in the morning and once before bed. However, if you’re able to brush after meals as well, that’s a bonus.
  • Fluoride Toothpaste – Fluoride toothpaste has been proven to reduce dental cavities. We recommend using fluoride toothpaste each time you brush. Make sure your toothpaste also has a seal stating that the American Dental Association has approved it.
  • Two Minutes a Time – You should be spending at least two minutes brushing your teeth each time you brush. If you’re spending less than this, there’s a good chance that you aren’t thoroughly cleaning each of your teeth.

Lastly, it’s important to be gentle when you brush your teeth to avoid damaging your tooth enamel or your gum tissue. For more tips on maintaining your oral hygiene, or to make an appointment with Dr. Nora Balota, please contact Balota Family Dentistry. Our office is located in Colorado Springs, CO.

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