Brushing your teeth is one of the most important parts of a good oral hygiene routine; however, many people do not execute proper brushing techniques. With this in mind, Marshall Family Dentistry is pleased to provide you with some useful brushing tips to ensure that you give your teeth the thorough cleaning they deserve.

First, it is important to remember that proper teeth brushing should last two minutes. Unfortunately, most people do not brush for this long. If you have to, use a timer to make sure you are brushing long enough. In addition, make sure to not brush too hard, and use short, gentle strokes while paying special attention to the gum line, hard-to-reach areas, and areas around fillings, crowns, or other restorations.

Ensure that you are properly brushing each section as follows:

  • Brush the outer surfaces of your upper teeth, then your lower teeth.
  • Clean the inner surfaces of your upper teeth, then the lower teeth.
  • Clean the chewing surfaces.
  • Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen breath.

The type of toothbrush you use is important as well. Our dentist recommends that you use a soft-bristled brush that you can fit comfortably in your mouth. You should also replace your toothbrush on a regular basis, either when it begins to show wear or every three months, whichever comes first. In addition, it is very important to change toothbrushes after you have had a cold, since germs can accumulate on the bristles and lead to reinfection.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more, please contact our office at 205-853-4600 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Reid Marshall.