• Are You Brushing Your Best?

  • toothbrushrainbowYou may have a pretty solid understanding that visiting us for preventive care is extremely important in protecting the long-term health of your smile. You may even know a lot about other preventive and restorative treatments. However, we are sometimes surprised when we speak with patients about how much they know regarding daily brushing habits. You know, of course, that brushing every day is important – but are you brushing your best? It turns out that even making small improvements to your daily habits can greatly impact the effectiveness of home hygiene. Ready to find out more? Use the following suggestions as your guidelines for good daily practices:

    Suggestion #1: Buy The Right Brush

    Didn’t realize you could accidentally buy the wrong brush? This is pretty easy but may seem counterintuitive. Rather than buying the hardest bristle brush you can find, we encourage patients to buy a brush with soft bristles. The soft bristles will thoroughly clean your teeth, removing food particles and plaque without damaging your enamel or gum tissue.

    Suggestion #2: The Right Frequency

    Establishing healthy preventive care habits means you are brushing often enough and that each time you brush, you brush long enough for the session to be effective. Remembering the details is easy – just remember the number “2.” Brush two times a day for two minutes each time. However, if you have the time, we encourage you to rinse your mouth after every meal, wait 30 minutes, and then brush your teeth.

    Suggestion #3: The Right Toothpaste

    The general guideline is to choose toothpaste that is non-abrasive, that has fluoride, and that is accepted by the American Dental Association (ADA). Aside from that, feel free to choose the flavor and consistency you like.

    Suggestion #4: Be Thorough

    This is easy. Just make sure you brush every surface of your teeth. Visualize your teeth – you have fronts to your teeth, backs, chewing surfaces, and tooth tissue along your gumline. To address your gumline, hold the toothbrush horizontally (parallel with the floor) and tilt the brush at a 45-degree angle toward your gums. Gently brush debris and plaque away from your gumline for effective results.

    ABOUT YOUR REDMOND DENTIST:

    At Redmond Dental Care, Yum Sang DDS enjoys providing preventive, restorative, cosmetic, and biomimetic dentistry for a multitude of patients living in and around Redmond, Bellevue, Kirkland, Sammamish, and the surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment, contact us at (425) 883-2100.