By Lakershore Dentistry & Implant Center
October 16, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Toothbrush  

Brushing your teeth is probably something you have done your whole life. It is a habit that forms when you're a young child and continues to be a part of your daily routine. However, you could be brushing all wrong, or using the wrong toothbrush altogether. Your Holland, MI dentist, Lakeshore Dentistry & Implant Center, is here to help you learn the correct brushing techniques and understand the reasoning behind why we brush.

How to brush - the right way.
Brushing twice daily is so ingrained into our daily routines that it is often done without thinking. There are, though, a few important factors to keep in mind:

  • Technique: Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle and use gentle strokes to clean all areas of the mouth. This includes the front and back of every tooth, all gum tissue and the tongue. You should brush at least twice daily, especially after eating.
  • Timing: The teeth should be brushed for a full two minutes, or about the length of time a song is on the radio. Most people are unaware what a factor time is in brushing well, but two minutes is required for truly clean teeth and gums.
  • Flossing: When you floss, plaque is knocked away where it is impossible for toothbrushes to reach on their own. For this reason, flossing is absolutely imperative to your dental health, and should be done either just before or just after you brush.

What type of toothbrush should I use? 
The right brush is thought to have certain attributes, but you should use the brush that is comfortable for you. It should have soft, nylon bristles which are rounded, so that the gums can be brushed without scratching them. The head of the brush should be small enough to reach often overlooked areas of your mouth, such as the very back teeth and gums. The handle should be wide enough to grip easily.

When should I change my toothbrush? 
Old toothbrushes can collect bacteria that can cause infections like gingivitis. Old toothbrushes are also ineffective, as the bristles become bent and frayed, and cannot reach down between teeth as they should. Because of this, brushes should be replaced as soon as you can see the bristles wearing out, or about every three months. If you become sick, your toothbrush should be replaced as soon as you start feeling poorly and again as soon as you become well.

The best way to keep your smile healthy is with regular dental appointments and cleanings. Lakeshore Dentistry and Implant Center in Holland, MI is dedicated to professional and friendly care for every patient. Call (616) 399-3946 to schedule an appointment today!