Do you ever wonder why your dentist in Ft. Lauderdale never gets tired of reminding you to brush your teeth every day? Even your kids’ teachers at school keep telling them never to forget to brush their teeth. It’s no secret that brushing is one of the cornerstones of good oral health. But, you can only achieve optimum dental health if you are brushing your teeth correctly.
Many patients complain of toothaches, cavities, and gum disease even though they brush daily. Why is this so? Dentists concluded that their mouths are unhealthy because they are not practicing the correct brushing strokes.
Take a soft-bristled toothbrush and place it at a 45-degree angle toward your gums. Using gentle and short strokes, brush your teeth back and forth. Make sure to brush all areas of your teeth, including the inner, outer, and chewing surfaces. Just tilt your toothbrush vertically if you are going to clean the insides of your teeth. Again, use short up and down strokes.
In addition to brushing, you should also strive to floss at least once daily. Dentists prefer to floss before bedtime to remove bacteria and food debris in the tiny spaces between your teeth, especially before going to bed.
Flossing helps prevent plaque formation. Check your toothbrush from time to time. Ideally, you should replace your toothbrush after three months, but if the bristles already look worn and torn before that, you should buy a new one. Frayed bristles will not be able to clean your teeth effectively.
If you want to learn more about improving your oral health, we are more than happy to assist and guide you. At TLC Dental & Orthodontics, we treat our patients and encourage patient education. In addition, we offer a wide range of superior quality dental services to help improve your smile and oral health. Call us today if you want to request a reservation.