Did you know that roughly 50% of Americans brush their teeth only once a day? Most people brush their teeth for only 30 seconds instead of the recommended 2 minutes.
Our Multnomah dentist suggests using a small to medium-toothbrush head that is able to reach into corners of your mouth for proper cleaning. We also recommend using rounded, multi-tufted toothbrushes with nylon bristles or filaments that clean without hurting your gums.
Similarly, soft-bristled toothbrushes work better for patients with sensitive teeth. Toothbrushes with smaller heads are also ideal for those with angular or crooked teeth. If needed, patients can use specially-designed toothbrushes with large handles and small heads.
It’s best to change your toothbrush every two-three months when the bristles become splayed. Patients can also use safe disclosing tablets that help reveal plaque build-up in the mouth. This way, you can identify spots that need better brushing.
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Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle and use small, circular movements to clean the inner, outer, and biting surfaces of your teeth. Brush your tongue also to get rid of odor-causing bacteria that are responsible for bad breath.
Avoid brushing too aggressively or using a hard toothbrush as this may erode your tooth enamel. If your child is under the age of seven, we recommend that you keep a close watch on them to see that they do not swallow toothpaste.
Flossing only takes a few minutes every day, but your gums will thank you for your effort. There are a few important tips to keep in mind while flossing:
We, at Serene Dental in Portland, offer a wide range of preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry options. Call or email us for more information.