If you brush your teeth daily, Dr. Uday Shah of Sunny Family Dental in Chino Hills, California, says congratulations. Brushing your teeth is the first line of defense against gum disease. Proper brushing techniques enhance the health of your mouth, keep your smile beautiful, and prevent numerous oral diseases. While brushing your teeth is crucial, are you doing it right?
How to brush your teeth properly to prevent gum disease
Gum disease develops when poor oral hygiene encourages plaque buildup. Plaque — a colorless film of bacteria — occurs when food debris and saliva mix, creating a suitable breeding environment for harmful bacteria. When left to thrive, plaque hardens into tartar, which opens the door to further bacterial invasion, leading to gum infections.
Although dental exams are vital for gum disease prevention, protecting your gums from infection starts at home with proper tooth brushing habits. But do you know how to do it right? Here is a guide on how to become an expert.
- Frequency: Teeth should be brushed twice daily, in the morning and before bedtime. If you want to go a notch higher, brushing three times won’t hurt, but two times will do the job
- Choose the right toothbrush and toothpaste: Use a soft-bristled toothbrush with a comfortable handle that fits well in your hand. Electric toothbrushes can help those struggling with manual toothbrushes. Replace your toothbrush every three to four months or sooner if the bristles are frayed. Opt for fluoride toothpaste, which helps strengthen tooth enamel and prevent cavities
- Brushing technique: Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle against your gums. Don’t be aggressive when brushing — this could wear down your enamel or cause gum recession. Brush your teeth for at least two minutes using gentle circular strokes on each tooth surface. When brushing your teeth, follow a systematic pattern to ensure no areas are left untouched. Remember that neglecting any parts of your mouth can lead to the accumulation of plaque and tartar, ultimately contributing to gum disease
Need more gum disease prevention tips in Chino Hills, California?
Please call (909) 679-3447 to talk to our team at Sunny Family Dental. We offer numerous gum therapy services, including prevention and periodontal cleaning.
Share this Article