Brushing is the best way to remove cavity-causing plaque and other debris from your
Plaque, a colorless, sticky substance, reacts with the bacteria and decaying food
particles in your mouth and when left on the teeth long enough, begins to erode
It is recommended by the dentist that you brush your teeth three times a day, usually
after meals and before bedtime.
How long you spend brushing your teeth is as critical as how often you brush your
Here are some technique tips for brushing:
- Many people simply brush for a few seconds, spit, and place the toothbrush back
in the cup. It is very important to spend at least 2-3 minutes brushing your teeth.
This helps to ensure that the brush doesn't miss hard-to-reach or often neglected
- Use short, circular motions and brush at a 45-degree angle.
- Brush all surfaces of your teeth-the sides and chewing surfaces-as well as the lower
portions near the gum line.
- Gently brush other areas of your mouth, including your gums, tongue and "roof" of
your mouth. These can be prime areas for bacteria to hide.
- Choose toothbrushes with soft, round-headed bristles Avoid big-headed toothbrushes.
Dental associations recommend that you buy a toothbrush with a compact head-1" by
1/2"-so you can easily reach the small areas of your mouth.
- Some toothbrushes today have wide handles. This helps you control the toothbrush
better. So, choose a toothbrush with a handle that is long enough and wide enough
for you to handle.
- You should replace your toothbrush at least four times a year - more often if you
have been sick.
For more information about brushing your teeth or to answer any questions or concerns, please see our dentist in Reseda today
or call us at (818) 708-3828.