In today’s post, let’s examine some details about brushing. One key to activating the value of toothpaste is creating foam when properly brushing.
Working up a good foam is attained by pre-wetting the toothbrush, then attacking at a 45 rather than 90-degree angle. The foaming helps with dislodging food debris from nooks and crannies in the mouth. Go ahead and swish it around at the completion of brushing to pick up any stragglers. The abrasives in toothpaste are designed to polish the teeth without damaging the enamel.
Because of the abrasives, soft toothbrushes are perfect for proper brushing. Harder bristles can put the enamel and gum line at risk. When the gum line recedes from aggressive brushing (or any other cause) a patient may notice tooth pain, increased build-up and decay, tooth structure weakening, and in acute cases, tooth loss.
The fluoride in the toothpaste promotes remineralization when the paste has been rubbed around on all surfaces of all teeth in the entire mouth. This takes time so be certain you brush for at least 2-3 minutes.
Moreover, remember that flossing is vital and rounds out the 5 minutes each day to give you healthy, pain-free chewing for years and years to come.
- Wet a soft bristle toothbrush
- Use fluoridated toothpaste
- Brush at 45-degree angle
- Brush gently for 2-3 minutes
- Cover every surface of every tooth
- Swish around in the mouth before spitting out
- Floss gently around each tooth and don’t overlook the back surface of the rear molars
- Rinse out debris
This article is brought to you by The Carrollton Dentist, a highly regarded dental practice in Carrollton. We are committed to dental education and confident smiles for all.
Dr. Amy Horton has been serving Carrollton area families since 2003. We are located at 2440 N Josey Ln Ste 101 in Carrollton. Contact us at 972-323-0501 or http://www.thecarrolltondentist.com/meet-dr-amy-horton/.
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