There’s nothing quite like the smooth feeling of plaque free teeth after a good biannual dental cleaning. You may feel certain that you’ll keep them maintained between appointments. But then life gets busy, and perhaps you skip brushing before bed one night because you’re so tired. Or you only brush for 10 seconds in the morning because you’re running late for work. Then a pattern develops where your plans for meticulous dental maintenance fall by the wayside. The Moreno Valley dentists at Dental Associates of Moreno Valley would like to help you brush up on your basic oral hygiene skills before your next checkup and cleaning.

Choose the Right Toothbrush

There are many toothbrushes on the market in a range of price. So which is the best for you? The answer to this is individual, but in essence, all toothbrushes are capable of providing the same cleaning.. For someone with strong hands, a manual toothbrush will definitely do the trick. By point the bristles at a 45-degree angle to you gumline, and mimicking the vibrating motion of an electric toothbrush, you’ll achieve optimal plaque removal with a manual brush. Many people find it easier and more efficient to use an electric toothbrush.  If this helps you stick to your brushing routine, there are a number of types that should suit your needs. The bigger priority is not procuring the best toothbrush on the market, but maintaining a consistent routine that will keep your smile in the best possible condition between your bi-annual checkups.

Timing Oral Hygiene

Brush twice a day. Usually once in the morning after breakfast, and once before bed are good times.  Thirty seconds of vigorous brushing of each of the four quadrants will equal two minutes, total. This is a good rule of thumb for how long to brush.  And remember to replace those manual toothbrushes or electric toothbrush heads, every three months.

Dental Checkups from Moreno Valley Dentists

If are in need of any general dentistry services, schedule an appointment at our Moreno Valley, CA dentist office  by contacting us at (951) 697-6800. Located in the 92533 area, we proudly serve patients from Moreno Valley and all surrounding communities.