Patient education is important in dentistry. If you do not brush your teeth correctly, it may be just as bad as not brushing them at all. Learning to brush and floss properly can help you protect your smile from tooth decay and periodontal disease throughout your lifetime.


The Do’s of Tooth Brushing

  1. Do brush for at least two minutes each time. Most electric tooth brushes have a built in timer to ensure that you get the most out of your oral care routine. Consider purchasing an electric tooth brush if you do not already have one.
  2. Do brush two to three times per day. Brushing after meals and before bed should be a priority if you want to avoid tooth pain or a trip to the dentist in Kennewick, WA.
  3. Do floss at least once per day, but make a goal of flossing after every meal. Carry dental floss with you so that if you remember to take action, nothing will stand in your way.


The Don’ts of Tooth Brushing

  1. Do not brush in a side to side motion. Try brushing in circles to protect your tooth enamel. Make sure to get the gum line, where the teeth meet the gums. This area is very susceptible to plaque buildup and bacterial growth.
  2. Do not brush aggressively. Hard brushing can irritate your gum tissue, causing it to recede. Once gum tissue has been removed it cannot be replaced without a gum graft.
  3. Do not use an old tooth brush. Old tooth brushes may be filled with germs and worn down to the point that they are no longer effective at fighting the bacteria that cause tooth pain. Replace your toothbrush or toothbrush heads every three months or sooner if you get sick.

For more patient information about brushing or flossing, schedule a visit to our dentist in Kennewick, WA. Dr. Andrew T. Mohlman is happy to discuss proper oral care and innovative dental techniques that can maintain the health and brilliance of your smile.