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Tips to Make Brushing More Effective

Posted on 1/20/2020 by Matt Aldridge DDS
 Tips to Make Brushing More EffectiveWhen you brush your teeth, do you get into every corner of your mouth? Do you reach the back and all sides of each tooth? What about the roof of your mouth and the insides of your cheeks?

These are all areas of your mouth that need brushing. If you want to keep your mouth as clean as possible from brushing, then you need to make sure that you brush every part of the inside of your mouth completely. This is the only way to remove as much bacteria as possible between visits to our office.

How to Brush to Get the Best Results

When you brush, you need to make sure you are getting each surface of your tooth clean. This means the insides and the outsides of each tooth need to be brushed. Plus, you need to pay special attention to the chewing surfaces of each tooth. From there, you also need to brush your entire tongue. Once your tongue and your teeth are clean, you need to brush off the roof of your mouth and brush inside your cheek on both sides. This gets bacteria where it hides best.

You also need to make sure to use an appropriate amount of toothpaste. Small children should start off with a rice-sized piece, then it should go up to the size of a pea. As adults, we should use a stripe that is around one-inch long and the full size of what comes out of the tube, not a smear. This is enough to get the interior surfaces of your mouth clean.

For more tips on making it to where your mouth is as clean as possible between brushings, then call our office. We love to share tips to help you keep your mouth clean between visits. It keeps your mouth healthier plus makes our job easier.
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