We all know that we should be brushing our teeth a couple times a day, but did you know that there is a right way of brushing teeth? Following these instructions on how to properly brush and care for your teeth will result in a healthier and happier mouth.

The Right Brush

According to the American Dental Association, you should be replacing your toothbrush every three to four months. A dull or fraying bristled brush won’t get your teeth as clean, so grabbing some fresh bristles to clean your pearly whites every few months is in your best interest. It is recommended that you use a “soft-bristled” brush and that you use a brush that can easily reach every part of your mouth. There are a variety of different toothbrushes available at any given drugstore or supermarket. Over time, try a few different types of brush until you find a brush that is most comfortable for your mouth. Make sure you look for the ADA Seal when purchasing a toothbrush or products for your mouth/teeth. This seal means that the product has met criteria for safety and effectiveness.

Brush Your Tongue

Make sure that when you brush your teeth you don’t forget your tongue. Your mouth accumulates bacteria build-up in between brushing. Bacteria that aren’t brushed away will stick around and give you bad breath throughout the day. Giving your tongue a healthy scrub when you are done brushing your teeth will keep your mouth fresh and smelling good.

45 Degree Angle

Now we are going to get technical. When you brush your teeth, your toothbrush should be held at a 45-degree angle to your gums. You want to move the brush back and forth in short strokes. It should take you at least two minutes to brush your teeth. That gives you time to brush the fronts, backs and chewing surfaces of all of your teeth. It is important to brush gently with small strokes, brushing too aggressively can lead to tooth decay as well as pushing the gums back and exposing sensitive roots. Using the proper technique while brushing teeth will keep your mouth healthy and happy.

While there are many other aspects of good oral hygiene, following the steps outlined in this article will keep you on the straight and narrow when brushing and caring for your teeth. If you have any concerns or questions regarding your teeth or mouth, call Lane Avenue Family Dentistry in Jacksonville.