Brushing your teeth is something we all learn to do at an early age, and is even considered fun in the beginning. However, over the years, we become so used to brushing our teeth that we have a tendency to not really pay attention to how well we’re doing it. This could lead to a less than optimal clean and put you at risk for dental problems. At the Anchorage dental office of Dr. Richard Crosby, we want everyone to know that it’s not only important to brush your teeth, but to also make sure that you’re doing it properly.
Although we’re always happy to hear that our patients are brushing their teeth twice a day, we also want them to know that an incorrect technique can leave teeth exposed to harmful plaque and tartar. Proper brushing helps you successfully remove these oral health dangers along with other harmful bacteria, and helps protect against cavities, gum disease and bad breath.
We recommend brushing at least twice day, in the morning and before bed, and also following our proper brushing techniques, which include:
Aiming your bristles at a 45-degree angle to reach under the gum line
Using soft, circular strokes instead of horizontal ones to avoid abrasions
Cleaning your entire mouth including front, back and chewing surface of each tooth and your tongue
Making sure that each brushing session lasts for at least two minutes
No matter how perfect your technique may be, it’s still very important that you visit your Anchorage dentist for routine checkups and professional cleanings. If you’re due for a checkup or cleaning, give Dr. Richard Crosby a call to schedule your appointment today.