Am I Brushing My Teeth Correctly?

How do we really know if we’re brushing our teeth correctly? There are many different factors that go into optimizing your dental hygiene. Below are some suggestions on how to make the most of each time you brush your teeth. 
 
1. How long is long enough when it comes to brushing your teeth effectively?
 
The length of time that you spend brushing is one of the most important factors when it comes to properly cleaning your teeth. Most dentists will recommend that brushing for two minutes is sufficient. More recent studies state that brushing for three minutes, one and a half minutes on both the upper and lower teeth, will be the most beneficial. Setting a timer on your cellphone or listening to music, brushing the entire length of one song, can help you make sure that you’re brushing your teeth for the recommended amount of time. 
 
2. It’s not just the teeth that matter
 
Complete dental health includes more than just focusing on brushing your teeth. Tartar and plaque buildup occurs near the gums and requires just as much attention as your teeth.  The tongue is also a place where build up can occur, causing bad breath. Using a tongue scrapper can assist in reducing the amount of buildup on the tongue. 
 
3. The way you brush your teeth makes a difference
 
Brushing in an up and down fashion does not cover the entire surface area of each tooth. To ensure that you clean your teeth completely, brush in a circular motion as you glide over each tooth. Start by brushing the front of your teeth in a circular motion, and then proceed to the inner portion of your teeth, making sure to clean the top and bottom of your molars in the process. 
 
4. It’s all about the accessories
 
It takes more than just a toothbrush to meet all of your dental hygiene needs. Flossing regularly helps reduce plaque buildup. Using a water pick may also be recommended by your dentist. Choosing the right type of toothpaste for your teeth and having a mouth wash to complete your routine can help ensure that you are taking care of your oral hygiene completely. 
 
Let us help!
 
Please reach out to Cornerstone Family Dentistry, your top dental office in Tustin, CA, if you have any questions. We’re happy to help you find a routine that works best for your specific dental health needs.
 
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