In this post from OKC Smiles in Oklahoma City, we look at some information about brushing. One of the ways of getting the most out of your toothpaste is creating foam.
Working up a good foam is attained by pre-wetting the toothbrush, then attacking at a 45 rather than 90 degree angle. The foaming aids in 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 best. 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 extreme 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 sure you brush for at least 2-3 minutes.
Additionally, 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.
Regular brushing and flossing are the keys to good dental health. So are regular visits to OKC Smiles in Oklahoma City. We offer a full complement of general and cosmetic dentistry services. Call to schedule your next checkup today!
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