Yes! There is a wrong and a right way to brush your teeth. The American Dental Association outlines the most effective tooth brushing techniques to incorporate into your dental hygiene routine:
- Brush your teeth twice a day, for two minutes each time
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to prevent damaging your enamel and gum tissue
- Hold your tooth at a 45-degree angle to your gums
- Gently brush all surfaces of your teeth – the outer, inner and chewing surfaces
- To brush the back of your front teeth, tilt your tooth brush into a vertical position and brush gently up and down
- Brush your tongue
These measures should help you avoid cavities, gum disease enamel erosion and other problems. Remember also that flossing should be an essential component of your routine. Floss once a day, every day, to remove the plaque and food debris hiding between your teeth and beneath the gum line. Flossing can help you prevent gum disease and will prevent tooth decay between your teeth.
To schedule your next routine dental checkup in Rochester, NY, please call experienced general dentists Dr. Paul Sussman and Dr. Meredith Pogal at 585-227-4390. We look forward to helping you maintain outstanding oral health!