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How Are Your Toothbrush Skills?

August 29, 2017

Good oral hygiene is the most important part of maintaining your oral health. Have you ever been told that you might be neglecting some spots in your mouth during your brushing and/or flossing? Certain spots in the mouth are commonly missed during brushing, so you are not alone. However, missing these areas during brushing can lead to a buildup of bacteria, plaque, and tartar. Neglecting just one part of your mouth can lead to an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Are you brushing effectively? Let’s brush up on your toothbrush skills.

Duration of at Least Two Minutes

Many people brush their teeth too quickly. Brushing too swiftly usually means that you did not spend enough time to cover each area of each tooth. There are some ADA-approved toothbrushes that come equipped with timers that may help you reach that two-minute minimum.

Brushing Every Surface

The most commonly missed surface is on the inside of the teeth facing the tongue. People tend to be vigilant with brushing the front of their teeth but tend to forget the surfaces that they cannot see. This includes the area facing the tongue, as well as areas in the back of the mouth, and the surfaces between the cheeks. Tartar and plaque can build up on all surfaces and along the gum line, so it is important to brush every surface of the teeth that you can to minimize your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

Just Right Pressure

Many people tend to brush too softly or even too hard. Just like Goldilocks, you are looking for a pressure that is just right. The right pressure is when it feels comfortable and the bristles of the toothbrush do not crush. Just right pressure will make your teeth feel clean afterward without any soreness or pain.Just rubbing the teeth softly with a toothbrush will not break up any buildup, and brushing too hard can cause irritate the soft tissues of your mouth.

Brushing Your Teeth Well Can Help Keep Your Mouth Healthy.

To schedule an appointment or learn more about good toothbrush techniques, call Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-427-4018.