Stop Trying to Fool Your Dentist: How to Brush Your Teeth the Right Way

Everybody knows that the dentist recommends brushing teeth two to three times a day. From a young age, people are taught how to put the toothpaste on the brush and clean those pearly whites. But what most people may not know is how to properly brush their teeth.


While visiting the family dentist in Provo, it’s likely he will ask how often you floss and brush your teeth, but he might not ask how you brush. Except when he finds all that plaque buildup and decides it’s time to teach everyone how to brush the right way.


First things first, it’s important to pick the right kind of toothbrush. Using a toothbrush that is too big for your mouth could mean that spots are being missed and cavities are spreading. Choose a toothbrush that is the right size for your mouth and reap all the benefits.


It’s also important not to use a toothbrush that has too stiff of bristles. The stiffer the bristles, the more harm they may be doing to gums. To prevent this, use a lighter touch or use softer bristles. Your gums would thank you for this if they could.


Another crucial element to proper brushing is how often one brushes. It’s recommended to brush at least twice a day, but three times is preferred by every dentist from Provo to every corner of Utah Valley.


Contrary to popular belief, brushing too often can actually have negative effects. If using an electric toothbrush, let it do the work and don’t add too much pressure. If using a manual toothbrush, be sure to not press too hard against the teeth as it can wear down tooth enamel.


Any dentist will tell their patients to be sure to not use the same pattern every time they brush their teeth. Those Provo residents that mix things up and start brushing in a different place each time are much less likely to see cavities and plaque buildup, even in those hard-to-reach areas.


When it comes to choosing the right kind of toothpaste, it’s important to mix things up once in a while. Using the same whitening paste consistently can be harmful to teeth. Simply using regular fluoride toothpaste is recommended. However, if you really want to whiten your teeth, it’s still okay to use whitening paste, just switch off between it and fluoride paste.


Other things that any dentist from Provo will mention to their patients is to remember to keep their toothbrush in a place that allows it to air dry, but isn’t susceptible to bacteria. They will also mention that a new toothbrush should be used every three to four months, to help keep your mouth clean and germ free.



About the Author
Rachel Wood writes for Young Family Dental. She is a writer at Fusion 360, an advertising agency in Utah. Find her on Google+.

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