4 Tips to Brush Your Teeth the Right Way
Here are some tooth brushing techniques and advice from Dentists on the Gold Coast. We provide expert general and cosmetic dentistry services in Bundall. Book an appointment with us today for quality dental care.
Make a Tooth Brushing Plan
For most of us, the act of brushing teeth is so routine that it becomes a passive activity. Often, some tooth surfaces get brushed multiple times while other, harder to reach parts are overlooked completely.
At Dentists on the Gold Coast, we believe that it is important to be mentally present and attentive while brushing your teeth to get the best results from your home dental care. A great way to ensure that you cover every part of your mouth is to create a tooth brushing circuit that you can remember easily!
Most experts recommend brushing for about two minutes, so consider timing yourself so that you can go over your brushing circuit two times.
Fix Your Brushing Technique
Most people have a habit of grabbing their brush and scrubbing their teeth back and forth. This can cause many difficult to reach spaces between teeth to be missed, and can cause gums to become damaged over time. Try our approach for better results:
Begin at the back of the mouth, pointing the bristles at the gum line at a 45-degree angle and brushing the molars with short circular motions to clean the surface.
Start with your upper molars, or your back teeth, on one side of your mouth and work in a clockwise direction. Point the bristles toward the gum line at a 45-degree angle. Brush using short, circular motions for approximately 20 seconds.
Next, roll the brush head away from the gum line to allow the bristles to scrub vertically down the teeth, removing food debris and plaque that may be stuck between them.
Use a soft bristled toothbrush
Many people believe that a toothbrush with hard bristles will probably give them the best results, but it can do more harm than good. If your toothbrush feels more like a shoe brush, it is damaging your teeth and should be replaced immediately.
At Dentists on the Gold Coast, we recommend choosing soft toothbrushes which are gentle on gums and teeth while removing plaque and food from the spaces between teeth.
The right pressure is so important to protecting teeth that many electric toothbrushes have a pressure sensing feature which turns the brush off if you press too hard against the teeth.
Pay Attention to Potential Problem Areas
Don’t be in a hurry! Spend a few seconds scrubbing problem areas to prevent cavities and other dental problems. In particular, keep these problem areas in mind:
- The area behind the back (most posterior) teeth in the mouth
- Dental implants
- Lingual wires
Areas where the most amount of plaque build up occurs should always get a few extra seconds with the brush.
The road to perfect dental health begins with Dentists on the Gold Coast. For the very best dental care around the clock and through the week, book an appointment with us today or call us for emergency dental services for you and your loved ones.