Use proper brushing techniques
Use the right technique - Start with your brush at a 45-degree angle to your gums and use circular motions. Then, hold the brush vertically using shorter strokes to clean the back of your front teeth. This is where we build up the most plaque and tater. Use a soft hand when brushing, gentle pressure.
Many people brush regularly, but not long enough. The ADA recommends brushing for at least two minutes, twice a day. If you need help timing your brushing sessions try listening to a favorite song, watching a short video on YouTube, or even using your phone to time it. (Most electric toothbrushes have built in timers that buzz every 30 seconds so you know when to change quadrants)
Pick the right toothbrush
Always use a soft toothbrush. Anything harder is too rough for your gums. Hard toothbrushes can cause your gums to recede overtime. When picking the size of the tooth brush, try to stick with a small or medium head. This way you can maneuver into those hard to reach areas like the back of your molars.
Just moving your floss up and down does not remove all the bacteria. Like using a toothbrush properly, flossing has to be done with the right technique to clean efficiently. Use a piece of floss that is about 18 inches long so you are using a new section each tooth. Wrapping the floss in a forward or backward “C”, then rubbing the floss up and down.
Use a tongue scrapper
Some toothbrushes now come with a tongue-scraper on the back of the brush. Or you can buy one that is stand alone. After brushing bacteria can still remain on the tongue, so be sure to brush or scrape your tongue as part of your daily routine. Not only does it rid you mouth of bacteria, it can also freshen your breath.
Change your toothbrush
Overtime the bristles wear out on toothbrush head. Causing it not to be as effective as it once was. Try changing your toothbrush every 3 months.
Visit Dr. Michaelson for your check ups
You should visit your local Alafaya dentist at least twice a year to have your teeth cleaned. Annually at your check up, we will perform a comprehensive exam with x-rays. This allows us to see the in-betweens and roots of your teeth.