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Brushing Basics

Want the real facts on brushing? How you do it properly? How can you make sure you’re doing a good job that is going to see your teeth through for the rest of your life? Today’s blog post is about brushing basics. Now, most of us were taught in school the basics of brushing, but that’s some time ago. Sure, you remember the general gist of things, but you might not recall every little detail.

That’s why it’s a good idea to have a refresh now and then. So, let’s take a closer look at brushing basics.

How long is long enough?

How long should you be brushing for each time you scrub those teeth? We all know that we need to be brushing our teeth twice a day, but how long for? The answer to this question is 2 minutes – or around the same length as a short song. Pop on your phone timer if you need to see how long 2 minutes last.

Where should I start?

When cleaning your teeth, it’s best to start at the back and work your way forward. Angle your toothbrush at 45 degrees to your gum line. Brush gently in a circular motion to avoid getting receding gums or damaging the enamel on your teeth.

What type of toothbrush is best?

If you are going for a regular toothbrush, make sure that it’s soft and with a flexible head for the best clean. We recommend an ultra soft toothbrush. If you’re going for an electric toothbrush, make sure to get a soft head tooth and a design that oscillates circularly.

When should I change my toothbrush?

For most people, you should change your toothbrush after around three months. By this time the bristles are starting to come apart and wear out. If your toothbrush is looking too worn out before this time, you might be brushing too hard. Brushing too hard can easily damage your tooth enamel, so be wary of this.

Should I rinse with water?

Contrary to popular opinion, at the end of brushing your teeth, it might be best to not rinse with water. Just spit as much of the toothpaste out of your mouth as possible. The ingredients in the leftover toothpaste in your mouth can help to provide ongoing protection – so you don’t have to rinse it away.

Check that you’re brushing correctly by coming in for a check-up with the dentists in Parramatta that give excellent service – that’s us at Dental Avenue! Come in for your regular check-up and clean and we can help to assess your oral health and the state of your teeth. Our team of dentists are professional, friendly, and experienced in what they do.

Call Dental Avenue on 02 800 400 55 and speak to one of our friendly team members who will be happy to assist you with all your inquiries!

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