We learn to brush our teeth as children, and the practice becomes rote. Many people are brushing their teeth at 40 the same way they brushed their teeth at 5, which could be incorrect or inadequate. Proper brushing technique can mean the difference between years of solidly good oral health, or ongoing issues with tooth decay. Your Riverside dental practices believe prevention is the cornerstone of good oral health. Therefore, we would like to share a few guidelines for better brushing.

Brush Often and Thoroughly

Adults should be brushing at least twice a day, and preferably, after each meal. The sooner you clean your teeth after eating, the less time plaque has to accumulate. Plaque is a thin, sticky film that is formed by bacteria. If you allow plaque to remain on your teeth, it produces an acid that breaks down the tooth structure. This acid erosion leads to cavities, and can ultimately lead to tooth loss.

When you brush your teeth, take your time. Spend at least two solid minutes cleaning every single tooth. Brush inside the biting surfaces, as well as outside. Get behind the back teeth, and don’t neglect your gumline. Also, brush your tongue. This helps combat halitosis and is an important part of your brushing routine.

Use the Right Brush

Many people think that the harder the bristles, the cleaner the teeth. This is untrue. You can clean your teeth just as well with a soft-bristled brush, and softer bristles mean less irritation to the oral tissues. Using a hard-bristled brush, or simply brushing too hard with any brush, can damage the gums.

Make sure you rinse your brush after every use and store it upright. Allow the brush to air-dry between uses, and avoid putting covers on your brush. This practice encourages the growth of bacteria. Replace your toothbrush every three months, or if the bristles are frayed.

Schedule an Appointment

If you have questions about oral hygiene or wish to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Riverside Dental Group, please call our office at (951) 689-5031. We have six dental offices serving Southern California.