In today’s post, let’s look at some information about brushing. One key to activating the value of toothpaste is creating foam when normally brushing.
Working up a good foam is accomplished by pre-wetting the toothbrush, then attacking at a 45 rather than a 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 ideal for proper brushing. 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 critical and rounds out the 5 minutes each day to give you healthy, pain-free chewing for years and years to come.
- Wet a soft bristle toothbrush
- Use fluoridated toothpaste
- Brush at a 45-degree angle
- Brush gently for 2-3 minutes
- Cover every surface of every tooth
- Swish around in the mouth before spitting out
- Floss gently around each tooth and don’t overlook the back surface of the rear molars
- Rinse out debris
Dr, Jeff Gray has been serving La Mesa area families since 1986. We are located at 8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102 in La Mesa. Contact us at 619-337-7700.
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