How Long Should You Brush?

Edmond Cosmetic Dentistry

For the best dental health, the American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth for at least two minutes. Sound like a long time? Most people think they brush that long, but would be surprised if they actually set a timer. The team at OKC Smiles in Oklahoma City wants all our patients to make sure they brush long enough.

Brushing your teeth, after all, is an important part of any daily health care routine. We recommend brushing your teeth twice a day, and with a soft-bristled toothbrush. We strongly recommend flossing, too. Before or after you brush? The jury remains out on that one. We think before is better, but the most important thing is that you do it.

Be sure to get all over your teeth: the front and the sides, inside and out, and the tops. When you to the sides, be sure you brush along the gumline. Use a gentle touch, and hold the brush at a 45-degree angle.

As you do the front and side surfaces, move the brush in gentle, circular strokes.

Toothpaste

Use a pea-sized blob of fluoridated toothpaste – or more than a pea-sized, if you’re so inclined. Too much toothpaste is no big deal, but be sure to use enough.

Be sure the head of the toothbrush isn’t too big, especially if you have a smaller mouth. It needs to fit easily between your cheeks and gums. The handle is less important. Make sure it feels comfortable in your hand. Replace your toothbrush every three months, if not more often.

Tooth Massage

We mentioned using a gentle touch. Plaque is soft and loose, so you don’t have to scrub really hard to remove it. Think of it not so much as brushing, but massaging your teeth. Keeping that in mind should help you keep that light touch.

At OKC Smiles in Oklahoma City, we want the best possible dental health for all of our patients. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup with us today.

Contact OKC Smiles:

405-634-7303

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

930 SW 107th St
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
73170

 

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