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12May

Refine Your Brushing Routine With Help From Our Glendale Dentists

by Dr. Mckay

We all get into bad habits over time when it comes to our daily routines, including brushing our teeth every day is a part of that. Our Glendale dentists have put together this list of things to consider when you are brushing your teeth.

Start With The Right Brush:

  • Bristle Firmness: toothbrushes are made with different types of bristles—ranging from soft to extra firm. Your dentist can give you more guidance on what type of brush is right for you, but in general you want to use the softest brush possible in order to avoid gum tissue damage and enamel thinning.
  • Toothbrush Head: the size of your brush head also matters. When you choose a brush that is too large, you are unable to effectively and thoroughly clean your back molars and gum tissue.

Follow The Plan:

  • Duration: every time that you brush your smile, you want to keep brushing for about two minutes. You might be surprised at just how long two minutes can feel; you can set a timer or listening to a song in order to help you keep track of the time.
  • Thoroughness: when you clean your smile, remember to also brush your tongue. Many instances of chronic bad breath, or halitosis are actually caused by bacteria build up on the back of the tongue. You can also add a tongue scraper to your routine for additional cleaning power.
  • Technique: toothbrushes are made with different types of bristles—ranging from soft to extra firm. Your dentist can give you more guidance on what type of brush is right for you, but in general you want to use the softest brush possible in order to avoid gum tissue damage and enamel thinning.

To learn more about cleaning your smile at home, feel free to reach out to our Glendale dentists for additional information.