In today’s post, let’s discuss some specifics about brushing. One key to activating the value of toothpaste is creating foam when correctly brushing.
Working up a good foam is achieved by pre-wetting the toothbrush, then attacking at a 45 rather than 90-degree angle. The foaming aids in dislodging food debris from nooks and crannies in the mouth. Go ahead and swish it around at the completion of brushing to pick up any stragglers. The abrasives in toothpaste are designed to polish the teeth without damaging the enamel.
Because of the abrasives, soft toothbrushes are great for proper brushing. Harder bristles can put the enamel and gum line at risk. When the gum line recedes from aggressive brushing (or any other cause) a patient may see tooth pain, increased build-up and decay, tooth structure weakening, and in acute cases, tooth loss.
The fluoride in the toothpaste promotes remineralization when the paste has been rubbed around on all surfaces of all teeth in the entire mouth. This takes time so be certain you brush for at least 2-3 minutes.
Moreover, remember that flossing is vital and rounds out the 5 minutes each day to give you healthy, pain-free chewing for years and years to come.
- Wet a soft bristle toothbrush
- Use fluoridated toothpaste
- Brush at 45-degree angle
- Brush gently for 2-3 minutes
- Cover every surface of every tooth
- Swish around in the mouth before spitting out
- Floss gently around each tooth and don’t fail to recognize the back surface of the rear molars
- Rinse out debris
This article is brought to you by The Lewisville Dentist, a highly regarded dental practice in Lewisville. We are passionate about dental education and confident smiles for all.
Dr. Natalie Goodman has been serving Lewisville area families since 2003. We are located at 297 W FM 3040 Ste 127 in Lewisville. Contact us at 469-708-4713 or http://www.thelewisvilledentist.com/meet-dr-natalie-goodman/.
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