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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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