Have you ever watched a child brush their teeth for the first time? It’s easy to spot when a child is not properly brushing their teeth, but have you ever thought if you’ve been doing it wrong this whole time too? At Peters Dental Associates in Houston, TX, we find that many adults are making mistakes when it comes to caring for their teeth at home. Some patients don’t brush long enough, while others may be using a toothbrush that is not the right type for their smile. Brushing correctly is extremely important as it removes plaque and food from the surfaces of the teeth and gums. Additionally, it helps reduce the risk of tooth decay and periodontal disease. Our professionals ensure patients are educated on how to properly brush their teeth to maintain a beautiful, healthy smile for life!
What do I need to brush my teeth correctly?
To brush the teeth correctly, you will need the following things:
- Time – to brush the teeth effectively, the American Dental Association recommends brushing for at least two minutes. It is important to brush the teeth after every meal whenever possible, or at least twice a day (typically when you wake up and before you go to bed).
- An appropriate toothbrush – the toothbrush you use will also impact the effectiveness of your brushing techniques. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush or an electric toothbrush that can help you reach deep into the mouth to reach all areas. The toothbrush should eb replaced every three months, after illnesses, or if they are showing wear.
- Toothpaste – a fluoride toothpaste is inexpensive and the most effective option for our patients.
How to brush correctly
- Brush all the visible surfaces of the teeth
- Tilt the brush to make vertical and horizontal strokes
- Pay close attention to teeth that are hard to reach
- Focus on areas around crowns, fillings, and other restorations
- Be firm but gentle with pressure, especially around the gumline
- Floss your teeth after, and consider using mouthwash when appropriate
Work with our team to learn more about dental health care habits and techniques
If you reside in the area of Houston, TX and want to work with our professionals to discuss ways to care for your teeth correctly, we welcome you to make an appointment at Peters Dental Associates for a consultation visit. Our team of professionals are readily available to assist new patients and families. Call (281) 486-8061 to get started!