North Fulton Dental, Alpharetta GA, Drs. Prattas and Panich


BRUSHING YOUR TEETH

Brushing

Tooth Brush
Brushing is the by far the best way to remove cavity causing plaque and other debris from your teeth.

Plaque, a colorless, sticky substance, reacts with the bacteria and decaying food particles in your mouth and when exposed on teeth long enough, begins to erode the enamel. It is recommended that you brush your teeth three times a day, usually after meals and before bedtime.

Techniques

How long you spend brushing your teeth is as critical as how often you brush your teeth.

Here are some technique tips for brushing:
  • Many people simply brush for a few seconds, spit, and place the toothbrush back in the cup. It is very important to spend at least 2 minutes brushing your teeth. This helps to ensure that the brush doesn't miss hard-to-reach and often neglected surfaces.
  • Use short, circular motions and brush at a 45-degree angle.
  • Brush all surfaces of your teeth: the sides, chewing surfaces, and the lower portions near the gum line.
  • Use toothbrushes with soft, round-headed bristles. Avoid big-headed toothbrushes. Dental associations recommend that you buy a toothbrush with a compact head-1" by 1/2"-so you can easily reach the small, harder to reach areas of your mouth.
  • Gently brush other areas of your mouth, including your gums, tongue and "roof" of your mouth. These can be prime areas for bacteria to hide.
  • Some toothbrushes today have wide handles. This helps you control the toothbrush better. So, choose a toothbrush with a handle that is both long enough and wide enough for you to handle.
  • You should replace your toothbrush at least four times a year and even more often if you have been sick.

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