How Do I Brush Properly?

You’ve heard it since you were a child: brush your teeth! Well, whether you’re a child or an adult, you need to clean your teeth regularly to protect your smile from the onset of tooth decay and other oral health complications. You can also enjoy fresher breath and brighter teeth! But how do you brush properly?

Frequently Asked Questions About Brushing Properly

Question: Does it matter what kind of toothbrush I pick?

Answer: Yes! We recommend choosing a toothbrush with the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval on the packaging. We also suggest choosing one with soft bristles, as hard or medium could actually damage enamel if you brush too rough. If you prefer an electric toothbrush, they are an excellent way to remove plaque and food particles and have become increasingly affordable in recent years.

Question: How often should I clean my teeth?

Answer: You should be brushing your teeth once when you wake and again before going to bed. Even on weekends and holidays, you should always clean your teeth twice a day, no exceptions.

Question: How long should each session last?

Answer: You should be cleaning your teeth for a minimum of two minutes. Any less, and you may not be properly cleaning them, which could still allow tooth decay to form.

Question: Do I also need to floss?

Answer: You should floss your teeth every night before bed. You can also carry a small package of floss in your backpack or purse, for cleaning after meals should something become stick between teeth or in your gums. Flossing reaches between the teeth, which toothbrush bristles cannot. If you have any questions about taking proper care of your smile, then please contact our team today. We want to ensure you practice good oral hygiene and maintain a lifetime of healthy smiles!

Do You Questions About Caring for Your Smile?

We can discuss how to properly protect your teeth with through brushing and flossing! For more information about our treatments, from Invisalign braces to dental implants, contact our team today. Schedule a consultation by calling Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN, today at (507) 281-3659.