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How to Brush Your Teeth Properly

added on: November 8, 2013


You’ve been brushing your teeth for years – at least we hope you have! – and it’s become a habit that you rarely think about. You just do it. But as with any habit, you’re bound to perform the task absentmindedly. This is especially concerning for all of us at the Mill Creek dental office of Brian Rutherford, DDS.

By becoming aware of how you brush your teeth and learning the best way to the cleanest smile, you’re not only ensuring fresh breath, you’re also working on maintaining optimal oral health.

Proper brushing helps protect against cavities, gum disease, and other dental problems. Brushing your teeth correctly can also effectively remove plaque and tartar buildup, keep delicate gum tissue healthy, and eliminate harmful bacteria.

Quick Tips on Proper Brushing

  • Brush at least twice a day for at least two minutes per session

  • Aim your bristles at a 45-degree angle

  • Use short, vertical or circular strokes to avoid abrasions to the tooth surface

  • Make sure to clean all surfaces of each tooth and your tongue

No matter how perfect your toothbrushing technique may be, it’s still important to maintain regular checkups and professional cleanings with your Mill Creek dentist. If you’re due for a checkup, give Dr. Brian Rutherford a call to schedule an appointment today. We look forward to seeing you!

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