Brushing Your Teeth Correctly is the Key to Dental Health

The American Dental Association (ADA) and Dr. Gehrig believe your daily brushing habits are critical parts of maintaining your health.

To keep your beautiful smile both recommend this daily routine:

  1. Hold your toothbrush at a 45° angle to your teeth and gums.
  2. In short, little “tooth-wide” strokes, gently brush your gums and teeth in a back and forth movement.
  3. Using this back and forth method, brush each tooth on the inside, the front side, and on the  chewing surfaces of the teeth.
  4. To clean the front teeth inside and out thoroughly, turn your toothbrush vertically ( up and down ) and brush.
  5. Finally, for clean, fresh breath, always brush your tongue to remove bacteria and you have finished your routine.

Watch this short video to see exactly how to do this each and every day:

 

Brushing isn’t the only part of your key to great oral health, however.  These three steps should be followed too:

  1. Floss between teeth everyday just before bedtime.  This makes sure all food debris is removed along with any plaque which may have built up between the teeth.  Flossing reaches areas between your teeth the bristles of your toothbrush can’t.
  2. Watch eating too many in between meal snacks and definitely follow an overall healthy diet.
  3. Do set up your appointments with Dr. Gehrig for regular professional cleaning and your oral exams.

Click here to download the ADA’s flier on How To Brush Your Teeth.

Always feel free to ask Dr. Gehrig for any advice you may need about which products you may need for your teeth.  He will be happy to share with you the tooth paste(s) which would be good for you, how to floss correctly, which mouth washes are best, or even how to use today’s modern automatic tooth brushes and cleaners.  Also, remember to look for the American Dental (ADA) Seal of approval when you choose products for your personal dental hygiene.

 

 

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