In this post from Wilson Dental Group, we’re going to explore some details about brushing. One key to activating the value of toothpastes is creating foam when thoroughly 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 assists 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 perfect 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 notice tooth pain, increased build-up and decay, tooth structure weakening, and in severe 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 make sure you brush for at least 2-3 minutes.
Furthermore, 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 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 mouth before spitting out
- Floss gently around each tooth and don’t overlook the back surface of the rear molars
- Rinse out debris
At Wilson Dental Group, we want each one of our patients to have a healthy, beautiful smile. See us twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry services. Call for an appointment today!
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