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Proper Brushing Technique, Are You Doing This?

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We have found that it is beneficial for patients to be reminded from time to time of proper brushing technique.  It is very easy to not put the time and effort into this everyday task.  Here are some questions for you to ponder:

Do you brush 2 minutes 2-3 times a day?

Do you angle your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle toward your gum tissue in order to clean not only your teeth but to also clear plaque (bacteria) from around your gum tissue?

Do you gently brush back and forth or in a circular motion?

Do you use a soft bristled toothbrush?

If you did not answer yes to all of these questions, it is a good idea for your tooth brushing technique to be reevaluated.

It is important that at least 2 times a day, you spend 2 minutes brushing your teeth.  While brushing, angle your toothbrush up toward the upper gums and down toward the lower gums so that you can clear the bacteria causing plaque from not only your teeth but also the tissue where it will cause gingivitis/periodontitis if allowed to remain in contact with the gum tissue for an extended period of time.  Using a massaging,  somewhat circular motion is the best way to brush, scrubbing back and forth with a lot of pressure is too overzealous.  Brushing too hard  can wear away gum tissue causing root exposure, root sensitivity and a potential for future root cavities, which are difficult to treat. ALWAYS use a toothbrush that is not harder than a soft bristle brush.  Medium and firm bristled brushes will do nothing but wear away gum tissue and tooth structure.
When using a Sonicare, be sure that you allow the brush to do the work for you.  Always angle the brush toward the gums but you do not need to move it in a circular or back and forth motion.  This is the beauty of investing in this type of brush, as long as you have it positioned properly, the motion of the brush head does the work for you. This brush will run for 2 minutes and automatically stop.  This way you will not short change your teeth the time they are due. 

As always, if you have any questions, we look forward to answering them.  Happy Brushing!!

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