A person may think they’ve got a great voice and sing in perfect key, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s true. In providing quality dentistry for Irmo area residents, Dr. Griffin encounters patients who believe that they take good care of their teeth, yet may not actually be doing quite as well as they imagine. Following the basic steps to effective tooth brushing is vital in attaining good oral hygiene. These steps include:
1. Don’t rush it– Remember, brushing teeth is not a high-speed sport. A good, thorough brushing should take 2-3 minutes each time. Consider timing yourself the next time you brush. It may surprise you how little time you’re actually spending cleaning your teeth.
2. Use proper equipment– Choose a toothbrush with soft, rounded bristles, and one with the shape and size that allows you to reach all of the way to your back teeth. Ensure that both your toothbrush and toothpaste have approval from the American Dental Association (ADA.) Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months or sooner if bristles become worn or frayed.
3. Proper technique– Use a pea sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Start the bristles where the gums and the teeth meet and brush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth. Do not scrub hard back and forth, as this can damage your gums. Instead, use a gentle circular motion making sure that you cover all 3 surfaces of each tooth.
4. Complete the job– Make sure you also remove extra food and bacteria in the mouth by brushing your tongue. Spit out the toothpaste and rinse.
Don’t forget about the importance of also cleaning between your teeth using dental floss or another interdental cleaner. Another instrumental part of preventing oral health issues and maintaining a healthy mouth is scheduling regular visits to the dentist like Dr. Griffin at WildeWood Aesthetic Dentistry. Helping Irmo area residents achieve healthy teeth and gums is what he does best. Feel free to make an appointment today.