Glendale Family Dentist Gives You Helpful Tips On Perfecting Your Brushing Habits

Written by Dr. McKay on Jan 17, 2017

Most people feel like they know how to brush their teeth. However, it is very common for dental patients to fall into oral hygiene ruts, and to start to slack when it comes to daily at-home dental care. Unfortunately, this can lead to all kinds of oral health problems down the road.

Our Glendale dentists have put together this quick review on how to brush properly and effectively. Read through this short article, and see if there are any improvements you can make to your current routine!

Timing Matters

The best time to brush your smile is in the morning (in order to clear away plaque that has accumulated in the night) and before bed (to give your smile a clean slate before you go to sleep).

Use the Right Tools

Be mindful of the type of toothbrush that you use. Talk to your dentist about whether you should be using a manual or electric toothbrush. Then, make sure that your toothbrush has the appropriate type of bristles for your teeth; most people will find that a soft-bristled brush is sufficient. Firmer toothbrushes can actually inadvertently lead to dental enamel erosion.

Keep At It

Many people are surprised to learn that they should be brushing their teeth for a full two minutes every time that they brush. You can set a timer while you brush in order to keep track of the seconds, or listen to a song that is about two minutes long. Brushing for a full two minutes helps to ensure that you really clean your smile thoroughly!

If you want any more information about how to care for your smile at home, our Glendale dentists are happy to help you! Proper daily dental care can make a huge difference in the health and appearance of your smile, so we encourage you to take the time to do it right!