Brushing your teeth can become second nature, which may be why so many of us go on autopilot when we brush and floss. This can be a good thing because we are unlikely to forget to brush, but it can also be bad, as we might be brushing mindlessly. Our dentist in Santa Clara offers tips for tweaking your dental hygiene routine, but until your next dental checkup, you can review these tips to make sure you are getting the best results with each brushing session.
1. Get the right tools – You do not need all the bells and whistles or the latest devices, but you do need a brush that feels comfortable and has soft bristles. Electric brushes are usually preferred because they are efficient at removing plaque and tartar. Choose a dental floss that glides easily between your teeth. Choose toothpaste with fluoride in a flavor and texture you prefer. Each product should have the ADA seal on it.
2. Use the right touch – Some people scrub at their teeth in an effort to rid plaque, but this can actually damage your teeth. Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle towards your gums and use a lighter touch to gently brush your teeth in circular movements.
3. Set your timer – Speeding through the routine can leave some parts of your mouth inadequately cleaned. Spend at least two minutes brushing to ensure each quadrant of your mouth and the surfaces of each tooth have been brushed thoroughly. Don’t forget to floss. Finish with an antimicrobial or fluoride mouthwash.
Call us today to learn more or to schedule your next professional teeth cleaning with our dentist.