Are You Brushing Your Teeth Correctly?

Brushing your teeth—you’ve done it for as long as you can remember, and you must have the hang of it by now, right? You may, but perhaps there’s more to the proper process than you might actually know. 

What You’ll Need to Get Started

If you’re reading this and so far you’ve thought to yourself, “I’m supposed to be brushing twice a day, right?” you’d be correct. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth for at least two minutes twice daily. However, this guideline is only a general idea of how to start brushing your teeth the right way for the best of your dental hygiene.

Here’s what you’ll need as we walk you through the steps:

  • A toothbrush
  • Fluoride toothpaste (fluoride toothpaste prevents tooth decay)
  • Dental floss

Brushing Your Teeth the Right Way: Step-By-Step

Keep in mind that your toothbrush should be replaced every 3 to 4 months. Overused toothbrushes should be avoided because they can harbor bacteria. The bristles can also begin to fray and become less effective. 

Ready to get started? Take these steps:

#1: Wet your toothbrush with a bit of water, and apply a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on the bristles. 

#2: Position your toothbrush in your mouth at a 45° angle against your gums. Brush the front of your teeth with soft strokes.

#3: Take a moment to focus on brushing your teeth’s outer surfaces, and be sure you brush the back molars and the upper sides of the back teeth you chew with

#4: To brush the inside surfaces of your top teeth, flip your toothbrush over upside down. Then you can brush the inside surfaces of your bottom teeth by flipping the brush back around. 

#5: To get rid of any cavity-causing bacteria, plaque, and buildup that may have gotten stuck on your tongue while brushing, rinse your brush and gently brush your tongue or use a tongue scraper. 

#6: Spit out any leftover debris, saliva, water, and toothpaste into the sink and rinse with cold water to finish. 

#7: An optional but helpful step: Use mouthwash. Different varieties of mouthwash can have different benefits. Some can protect sensitive teeth, others can promote healing of sore gums, and best of all—mouthwashes can promote fresher breath! 

When you start brushing your teeth like this, twice daily for at least two minutes, you’ll be on the right track for keeping your pearly whites and gums healthy for years to come. 

Further Questions or Concerns About Your Oral Hygiene?

We’re located in Hoover, Alabama, and always welcome new patients. If you have more questions about proper care for your oral hygiene or would like to schedule an appointment, we’re just a phone call away! We would love to see your smiling face at LeCroy Dental.