At Stroudsburg Family Dental, our focus on preventive care is what sets us apart from other dentists in the Poconos. One of the most basic things you can do protect your smile and avoid unwanted dental issues? Brush properly! Are you brushing correctly with the right toothbrush? Read below and see if you are!
Proper brushing takes at least two minutes. Yes, two minutes! Most do not come close to brushing for that amount of time. To get a feel for the time involved, try using a stopwatch.
Use short, gentle strokes - paying extra attention to the gumline, hard-to-reach back teeth and areas around fillings, crowns or other restoration.
Concentrate on thoroughly cleaning each section as follows:
What Type of Toothbrush Should You Use?
Dr. Iglio recommends using a soft-bristled brush – it’s best for removing plaque and debris from your teeth. Small-headed brushes are also preferable, since they can better reach all areas of the mouth, including hard-to-reach back teeth. For many, a powered toothbrush is a good alternative. It can do a better job of cleaning teeth, particularly for those who have difficulty brushing or who have limited manual dexterity.
How Important is the Toothpaste I Use?
It is important that you use a toothpaste that's right for you. Today there is a wide variety of toothpaste designed for many conditions, including cavities, gingivitis, tartar, stained teeth and sensitivity. Ask your Dr. Iglio which toothpaste is right for you.
How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?
You should replace your toothbrush when it begins to show wear, or every three months, whichever comes first. It is also very important to change toothbrushes after you've had a cold, since the bristles can collect germs that can lead to reinfection.
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