How to Brush

You may think you know the reason for proper daily tooth brushing, but did you also know that clean teeth and healthy gums can protect again a variety of general, or even life-threatening health problems. Harmful bacteria and plaque forms if you aren’t brushing regularly. Combine this with sugar, saliva, mucous, and food debris, plaque creates a strong acid substance that eats away your protective tooth enamel and can cause tooth decay.


Over time, this decay finds its way below your enamel to infect the tooth dentin can can cause pain and kill teeth. On the surface, plaque will irritate gums, causing them to pull away from the teeth exposing your tooth roots which are very sensitive. These loose gums make pockets which allows bacteria to gather and causes an infection. This infection can then destroy the bone that holds your teeth secure and results in tooth loosening or loss. Chronic gum disease can break down the protective barrier between your bloodstream and the oral bacteria. This bacteria enters your bloodstream and poses an increased risk for health problems like

  • heart disease
  • stroke
  • respiratory illnesses
  • diabetes complications
  • pregnancy complications

By maintaining good oral health habits including brushing twice daily with a soft toothbrush, using proper technique, quality fluoride toothpaste and flossing carefully once a day, you can help reduce these risks.

Choose a toothpaste with the ADA seal of approval and spend at least 3 to 4 minutes (sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star 3 times) brushing with a small, soft, angled brush in little circular motions across all tooth surfaces and the gum line. You can brush 2-3 teeth at a time while applying gentle pressure. Using pressure that’s too hard can damage your gums and cause tooth sensitivity which can be painful. Remember to brush or scrape your tongue to remove any germs or bacteria that causes bad breath and can harm your teeth. Finally, rinse your mouth with water and spit out the debris. Remember, to brush twice daily or after meals and floss between teeth gently once a day.

Looking for a more thorough brushing? Consider buying an electric toothbrush. Try to find a model that features an automatic cut off or warning if you are brushing too harshly.

Replace your toothbrush or toothbrush head every 3 to 4 months so that bristles remain effectively positioned and clean.

For fresh breath and further prevention of bacteria, you can use and over the counter mouthwash. There are even some brands available that no longer contain alcohol.

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