Are You Sure You’re Cleaning Your Teeth Properly?
When was the last time you visited our office for a hygiene examination and cleaning? If it has been longer than our recommended time frame since your last visit, you are due for an appointment. Since we see you so infrequently during the year, the bulk of your oral health falls on your shoulders. If you are not cleaning your teeth properly, you run the risk of increased decay and gum disease. Even though you have been brushing your teeth and caring for them since your youth, you may be surprised to learn that you are cleaning your teeth incorrectly. Continue reading to learn the proper techniques and steps to properly clean your teeth.
Importance of Cleaning Your Teeth Properly
One of the easiest ways for decay and gum disease to develop is a lack of oral hygiene. If you are not cleaning your teeth properly, the bacteria left on your teeth, between your teeth, and along the gumline can cause serious damage to your mouth. We want to remind you of the proper way to clean your teeth to help prevent additional treatments and added expenses:
Brush Twice Daily
It is extremely important to brush a minimum of twice a day. Ideally, it would be wonderful if you were able to brush after each meal, but we know that is not always an option. Be sure to brush the tops of the teeth, the inside and outside surfaces, along the gumline, and your tongue.
Brush For Two Minutes
You would be surprised how long two minutes actually is when you are brushing your teeth. Many of our patients are surprised how thorough they are able to properly clean their teeth after a full two minutes. Set a timer the next time you brush your teeth and see how you do!
Use a Soft-Bristled Brush
It is important to be gentle when you brush your teeth to avoid damaging your tooth enamel and gums. We recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush and using gentle strokes to brush your teeth.
Be Sure to Floss
Flossing is one of the most important steps because it helps remove lingering food and bacteria from between the teeth. We recommend flossing at least once a day.
If you have any questions about how to clean your teeth or the products we recommend, be sure to contact our office located in Fort Lee, NJ. We also recommend scheduling your next appointment if you have not seen us for a hygiene examination and cleaning recently. Now is the perfect time to schedule an appointment so you can see us before the end of the year. We look forward to seeing you soon!