Brush Up On Brushing | Ardas Family Dental
By now, the importance of brushing has probably been drilled into you. But it’s not enough to just go through the motions twice a day!
Here, we’ll take a look at different kinds of toothbrushes and the best way to effectively brush those pearly whites.
Types of Toothbrushes
The first step to great brushing habits is to pick the right type of toothbrush for you. Both manual and electric toothbrushes are effective for removing plaque, and a variety of designs of each are available.
Manual toothbrushes have the benefit of being inexpensive and having a wide selection of head and handle designs. Research suggests that angled or multi-level bristles remove plaque better than flat-trimmed bristles, and the American Dental Association recommends soft bristles to minimize damage to the gums.
Electric toothbrushes are a great choice for people with mobility issues, as the bristle movement is performed by the brush. In addition to being easier to use for many people, these toothbrushes can also have the benefit of a built-in timer to help users brush their teeth for the right amount of time each session!
Brushing your teeth is about more than wiggling a toothbrush around your mouth. Doing a great job of cleaning requires using great technique.
To start, it’s important to commit to the right amount of cleaning time. You want to spend two full minutes brushing, two times a day, spending roughly 30 seconds on each quadrant of your mouth.
Brush your teeth gently, using circular motions. Start by the gumline and brush outward.
Start with the outside surfaces of the teeth, then brush on the inside surfaces of the teeth, and finally move on to the chewing surfaces. If you’re using a manual toothbrush, hold the brush vertically to brush the inside surfaces of the front teeth.
Brushing your teeth is only the first step to achieving excellent dental health. It’s also important that you see your dentist for an exam and thorough cleaning twice a year! You can schedule your next appointment with Ardas Family Dental using our website.