Brushing Basics

Toothbrushing

FUNDAMENTALS:
Regular, thorough brushing is a very important step in preventing tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing removes the bacteria that promote tooth decay and the plaque that can cause gum disease.

Ideally, you should brush after every meal, because the bacterial attack on teeth begins minutes after eating. At the very least, brush once a day and always before you go to bed. Brushing your teeth isn’t complicated, but there is a right and a wrong way.

 

 

FIRST, YOU NEED A TOOTHBRUSH!
Use a soft brush with rounded bristles. The right toothbrush cleans better. Choose a size and shape that allow you to reach all the way to your back teeth. There are many different types of brushes, so ask your Cliffcrest dentist or hygienists to suggest the best one for you. CDA recommends you replace your toothbrush every three months.

 

 

AND THEN THERE’S THE TOOTHPASTE
Using any fluoride-containing toothpaste, (consult your dentist about finding the right one for you) place a pea-sized amount onto your wet toothbrush before beginning.

 

IT’S ALL IN THE WRIST ACTION
Brush at a 45 degree angle to your teeth. Direct the bristles to where your gums and teeth meet. Use a gentle, circular, massaging motion, up and down. Don’t scrub. Gums that recede visibly are often a result of years of brushing too hard.

 

 

SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE
Clean every surface of every tooth – the chewing surface, the cheek side, and the tongue side. Also, don’t rush your brush. A thorough brushing should take at least two to three minutes. Try timing yourself.

 

 

SWITCH IT UP
Change your usual brushing pattern. Most people brush their teeth the same way all the time. That means they miss the same spots all the time. Try reversing your usual pattern.

 

 

Ask your dentist or hygienist for tips to enhance your oral care!
Following these simple steps will help to ensure your
HEALTHY SMILE LASTS A LIFETIME!