Ask any dentist the best way to protect your teeth at home, and every one will say to brush twice a day and floss at least daily. Despite this commonly shared wisdom, the American Dental Association has found that nearly 30% of adults don’t brush as recommended, and many who do don’t brush long enough. To help you and your family do the best job you can, the staff from Dr. Jeffrey A. Fink Family Dentistry in Concord, NC, have developed the ideal brushing routine.
Continue reading below to learn more about this routine and begin applying it to your dental care.
1. Choose the Right Tools
It’s crucial to brush with the right toothbrush and toothpaste for your dental needs. Children should use a soft-bristled brush for their small, tender mouths. Adults can benefit from either a soft or medium-bristled brush. Some people feel that an electric toothbrush offers a deeper clean, however, a manual toothbrush will work just fine. In addition, fluoride toothpaste helps prevent cavities and tooth decay.
2. Hold Your Brush the Right Way
Your toothbrush should be held at a 45-degree angle to your teeth. This allows the bristles to cover the surface area of your teeth most efficiently.
3. Brush for Long Enough
You should brush your teeth for at least two full minutes. To ensure you hit this target, try to spend at least 30 seconds on each quadrant of your bite.
4. Floss & Rinse
If you are brushing at night before bed or after a meal during the day, it is important to include flossing. Flossing can be done before or after brushing, so long as you do a thorough job. After brushing and flossing, many dental health professionals recommend rinsing with mouthwash. This step is optional, but it will help to keep your breath fresh and free of germs.
5. Follow Up With Your Dentist
To round out your brushing routine, visit your dentist at least twice a year. During these visits, they will assess your oral health and identify any deficiencies in your brushing routine. This step is ideal for adults and children alike, even those who have undergone cosmetic dentistry procedures such as crowns, bridges, and veneers.
If you need a family dentist to assess your brushing routine, or for general services, call (704) 788-6777 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Fink. For information on other dental services, visit the Dr. Jeffrey A. Fink Family Dentistry website.