Are You Brushing Correctly? Or Just Almost?

If you brush your teeth as we recommend, you can expect good things for your oral health. However, if your dental hygiene is close but not quite right, you may end up finding yourself in a pickle! As in, you might deal with tooth decay, gingivitis, and other problems that develop when you do not remove enough plaque from your smile. The good news here is that you’re not without help. We can guide you back toward best brushing habits with tips (particularly when you come in for your visits).

You Should Brush Every Surface Of Your Teeth

Your dental hygiene session should include cleaning every single surface that you can find a way to reach with your toothbrush. Any and all plaque left behind can result in issues like tooth decay. It should also take two minutes to brush (twice a day).

You Shouldn’t Forget About Your Gumline

It’s easy to focus on the dental tissue included on your chewing surfaces. It’s easy to care for the fronts and sides and backs of your teeth, too. Unfortunately, it’s also easy to overlook the dental tissue all along your gumline (which extends along your entire smile on the top and the bottom). To be sure you’re cleaning this area too, angle your brush (a 45-degree angle toward the gum tissue) then rock and sweep it away to remove plaque. Simple!

You Should Brush Your Tongue

You should also brush your tongue during your daily dental hygiene routine. This is another part of your smile where bacteria and leftover pieces of food gather. Avoid problems like halitosis and bacterial buildup by cleaning this area too.

Learn About Better Habits During Checkups

Come in to see us for your dental checkup, so we can provide you with the suggestions and tips you need for optimal dental hygiene. Find out if you’re making good choices by scheduling a visit with your Ankeny, IA dentist today! Contact Peddicord Family Dentistry to set up an appointment by calling 515-963-3339.