Brushing Techniques That Save Your Teeth

You’ve been brushing your teeth since before you can remember, but have you paid anybrushing teeth attention to how you brush your teeth? Phoenix dentist Dr. Carol Ford says, “There are excellent financial benefits to brushing your teeth the right way.” Financial reasons? Yes. “Brushing your teeth the right way reduces plaque, prevents decay and saves you money by keeping your teeth in good condition,” adds Dr. Ford. Good condition means that you’ll be keeping your natural teeth into your old age, another substantial savings. “People who brush their teeth twice a day can expect a healthier mouth and fewer visits to the dentist for major work,” says Dr. Ford.

What’s the right way to brush your teeth?

First, choose the right toothbrush. Many people choose hard, adult-size brushes that are too big and too hard. “You are better off with a small-headed brush that fits way in the back of your mouth. Back teeth are often missed, and a small-headed brush gets to all surfaces of those back molars,” says Dr. Ford.

Why a soft brush? Imagine seeing dirt on the floor—the usual mix of dust, dirt and pet hair. Would you take a steel brush to the floor or a broom? A soft brush is like a broom—pliable enough to get into the crevices and gentle on your gums. “You don’t want to scour your gums,” Dr. Ford advises, “but you do want to brush your tongue—it eliminates bad breath, and gets rid of plaque that your tongue transferred to the teeth.” Start at the back of the tongue, and, using circular motions, move the brush to the front.

Dr. Ford also suggests using a Sonicare toothbrush. More effective than a mechanical brush, the Sonicare toothbrush produces oxygen-rich foam by mixing the toothpaste and water in your mouth. Sonicare cleans the gum line, where plaque forms, by pulsing water between the teeth into the gum line. Dr. Ford reminds people who use mechanical toothbrushes, “buy a new one every three months. The bristles wear out, and the germs build up.”



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