For a healthy smile and a healthy mouth you must have a daily dental care routine.
Brushing your teeth properly is a simple habit that really pays off. When you know the correct way to brush your teeth, you can help your children establish their own daily tooth brushing routine.
• Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush.
• Choose a toothbrush that comfortably fits your mouth.
• Replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months or sooner if the bristles become worn and look frayed.
• Choose a fluoride toothpaste. ADA recommend toothpaste.
Tooth brushing, it’s something we all need to do.
It helps to keep a road map in mind of where and what to clean in order to do a proper job.
The Tooth Brushing Map
Of course we have upper and lower teeth on both the right side and left.
We can also think in terms of having teeth that are in the front and teeth that are in the back.
And then for each of these groups of teeth there is the cheek or lip side and the tongue or roof of the mouth side. Don’t for get that each individual tooth has four sides and a biting surface.
Attacking Plaque With Your Brush
One of plaques favorite hiding places is at the gum line.
- Start by placing the bristles of your brush at a 45 degree angle on both the gum and the tooth.
- Use a gentle back and forth and up and down rotary motion
- After a few cycles end the stroke with a sweeping motion away form the gum and tooth.
- Do this for all of the corners of your mouth.
Brushing Your Front Teeth
Brushing your front teethes is basically the same except you need to hold the brush in a more straight up and down position when you clean the tongue and ruff of the mouth side.
Cleaning the Biting Surfaces
Finish up by cleaning the biting surfaces of your teeth. That’s it! You are done.
Dr. Gregory Erramouspe – Rock Springs, Wyoming Dentist