It Is Important to Not Be Distracted When You Brush
Posted on 3/25/2020 by Dr. Nick Raptou
Proper brushing of your teeth prevents conditions such as gingivitis and tooth decay. You are even causing tooth abrasions and damaging your gums right now if you are not brushing your teeth with a toothbrush that does not have soft bristles.
It is important not to be distracted while brushing your teeth, because if you miss any of the steps you are putting your mouth and teeth in danger of gum disease, cavities, and tooth decay. When you get distracted, you miss or even forget several of the steps required to have a good oral care routine.
Steps to Proper Brushing Techniques for Tooth Care
Flossing, in addition to brushing, is one of the most important steps you can take in your brushing routine. If you aren't used to flossing, you might bleed a little bit, but that will go away very quickly - but flossing definitely needs to be made part of your daily hygiene routine.
Why? Because that dental floss is able to reach all those tiny cracks that your toothbrush is unable to reach. If you want a clean and fresh mouth – flossing will definitely help you accomplish that, if you do so on a daily basis.
There are about 5 main steps to brushing correctly. To reach the back of the gum line, simply tilt your brush at a good 45-degree angle and then just use a small pea size squeeze of toothpaste along with slow and gentle circular motions. Then just reverse the motions for the inside surfaces and then some back and forth motions on the back. You do not have to rinse, most people do, but that is completely unnecessary. The small amount that you have left of toothpaste that is left over in your mouth will continue to help you fight any tooth decay that builds up, as most brands of toothpaste have fluoride in them.
If you're concerned about your oral care routine or are not sure that you are brushing or flossing properly, let us know. We'll be happy to help show you or any of your loved ones the best way to care for teeth.