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How to Brush Your Teeth
If you’re like most people, you probably give little thought to how you brush your teeth. As long as you get it done, you are satisfied! However, brushing your teeth without the proper technique can render the practice useless. At Dallas Prosthodontics, we want our patients to maintain proper at-home oral care. The following information is designed to help you implement the proper oral hygiene regimen. A better oral hygiene routine can reduce your time in our dental chair, save you money on restorative treatments, and preserve your beautiful smile!
Proper Brushing Technique
Ideally, you should brush your teeth after every meal, because the bacteria attack your teeth within minutes. However, we know that this is an unrealistic request. We suggest brushing your teeth at least twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed.
Brushing technique is not complicated, but there is a wrong way to do it. To do it the right way, place the brush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth. Using an ADA approved soft-bristled toothbrush, gently brush each tooth in a back and forward motion. Be sure to brush the front, back, and occlusal (bite) surfaces. It is important not to rush through the process, take your time with each tooth. The entire process should take at least two or three minutes.
Proper Flossing Technique
A proper flossing technique is equally as important as brushing. Wrap 18 to 24 inches of floss around your index and middle fingers, leaving about two inches of floss space. Then, slide the floss up and down between each tooth. Wrap it into a “C” shape around the base of the root, underneath the gumline, to remove plaque and food debris from hard-to-reach areas. Be sure to use a clean piece of floss for each tooth to avoid spreading the bacteria.
The Dangers of Gum Disease and Tooth Decay
Brushing and flossing your teeth is an important step in preventing tooth decay and gum disease. Both are caused by the bacteria found in plaque. As the bacteria feed on sugars and other simple carbohydrates we consume, they produce harmful acids that eat away at your tooth enamel. Eventually, the decay will require a restorative treatment, such as a filling or dental crown.
Gum disease is an infection caused by toxins produced by your immune system. These toxins are supposed to combat the bacteria but affect your healthy tissues as well. Ultimately, the infection spreads to the connective ligaments, gum tissues, and supporting bone. If left untreated, your teeth will become loose and may require extraction. In fact, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for American adults.
Schedule Your Appointment
There is no question—a daily oral hygiene routine is the most important thing you can do for your oral health. What many people seem to neglect is professional care! Routine exams and professional cleanings are equally as important as your daily routine. In most cases, professional cleaning is the only way to completely remove plaque and tartar deposits. In all cases, a routine exam is the only way to catch oral health care issues before they become major complications. Do not neglect your oral health! Call (972) 503-7200 to schedule your appointment now!