We Teach Proper Teeth Brushing in Our Dalton Dentist Office

Posted on: November 10, 2014

Dalton DentistIn our Dalton dentist office, we believe in the importance of preventative care. It is far more convenient and comfortable for patients to avoid getting cavities or an infection.  Once an infection sets in, we will need to treat it, and you may feel some discomfort leading up to the treatment.  Fortunately, there are many ways to prevent an infection including brushing and flossing your teeth properly.Here is what you need to know:
  • Make sure that your toothbrush is new.  If your toothbrush is over three months old, the bristles may start to fray, and your teeth won’t get as clean as they should.  This also increases the risk of bacteria being on your toothbrush.  By consistently replacing it, your teeth will stay cleaner.  If you have an electronic toothbrush, you may be able to replace the brush head only.
  • Soft is best.  Don’t use a hard toothbrush because it can irritate your gums and strip the enamel away from your teeth.  Your enamel is extremely important because it protects your teeth and keeps them from feeling sensitive.  Once you lose it, your teeth can remain sensitive for years.  If you are currently using a hard toothbrush replace it for a soft one so that you can get the same quality of clean, but without the potential damage or irritation. In our Dalton dentist office, we can provide you with a new toothbrush during your office visit.
  • Keep it dry. Use a toothbrush holder so that it will dry out after you are done instead of staying wet all day.  A wet toothbrush can house bacteria, defeating the purpose of brushing your teeth in the first place.
  • Make a circular motion.  Instead of brushing from back to front, make a circular motion.  This will clean your teeth better and help you to get into smaller spaces.  You should also make sure to brush bacteria and food away from your gums.  This means that if you are brushing your top teeth, you need to brush downwards and if you brush your bottom teeth, brush upwards.
  • Go electronic.  If possible, purchase an electronic toothbrush. The bristles will move in a circular pattern automatically so that you have less work to do while brushing. They are known for providing a better clean and can help to prevent cavities.
  • Toothpaste. The toothpaste you use, also impacts how clean your teeth will get.  We recommend that you use fluoride toothpaste that is approved by the American Dental Association.  This way your teeth will stay clean, and they will also be strengthened.  Fluoride is a mineral that when placed on your teeth can help to prevent cavities so that there is a dual benefit.

At our Dalton dentist office, we can provide additional tips for brushing your teeth and keeping your mouth healthy.  We treat both children and adults and believe that preventative care is the best way to prevent cavities and infection.  Use these tips at home so that you can reduce your risk of getting a cavity and promote overall oral health.

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