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Teeth Brushing 101


Teeth Brushing 101

Have you ever wondered if you are brushing your teeth the right way? Here are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions that can help step up your teeth brushing game!

When brushing your teeth, what comes first? Brushing, flossing, or mouthwash?

Most Dentists recommend brushing your teeth after you floss and before mouthwash. Flossing before brushing your teeth is important so that the fluoride from the toothpaste can reach every surface of the tooth. Use mouthwash last to rinse out your mouth and have fresh breath.

Should I brush the top or bottom teeth first?

When brushing your teeth, start with the bottom teeth first. You do not want to brush the bottom and the top simultaneously. Start with the inside surface of the teeth, then the outside surface and lastly the biting surfaces. Having a pattern ensures that you do not miss any surfaces.

What technique should I be using when brushing my teeth?

Brush your teeth in circular motions. This way is less abrasive towards your gums and teeth. Brushing sideways or too hard can be harmful.

Where else should I brush?

Don’t forget your gums! Many people only brush the bottoms of their teeth but the gums is where a lot of bacteria resides. You can also massage your gums with clean finger to increase blood circulation and keep them healthy. You should also brush your tongue to get rid of nasty bacteria and have fresh breath.

How long should I brush my teeth for?

2 minutes is the recommended time for brushing your teeth. Most people only brush for 45-70 seconds. You can set a timer to make sure you get the full 2 minutes and brush 20-30 seconds per area. Be sure to spit regularly.

How often should I brush my teeth?

Ideally you should brush after every meal but 2 times a day is also fine. You should brush at least every morning and every night. You can choose whether you want to floss at night or in the morning. For a brighter smile, brush after eating or drinking anything that will stain your teeth.

What kind of toothbrush should I use?

A soft bristled brush is best for your teeth and gums. A hard bristled brush can not reach small areas. Be sure to keep your brush new. When it starts to wear on the sides, it’s time to get a new one.

Will whitening toothpaste give me sparkling white teeth?

Whitening toothpaste will not give you a celebrity looking smile. The only thing that whitening toothpaste will do is get rid of staining. If you want to change the color of your teeth you will have to use teeth whitening strips or trays. For more information on teeth whitening, ask your dentist.

Hopefully you learned something new from our Teeth Brushing 101 class! If you follow these tips, Dr. Loughran will surely be impressed at your next visit.

If you are looking for an affordable dentist serving in Southern Illinois including Herrin, Marion, and Carterville, then give us a call at 618-988-8130. We offer children’s dentistry, emergency dentistry, and even cosmetic dentistry!

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