The Basics of Brushing

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You have been brushing your teeth since you were a kid. Well, hopefully you have. Chances are that you have been doing it for so long that at this point, it’s a no-brainer, and you don’t even have to think about it anymore. The truth is, when you brush your teeth, you do need to think about it. It may not seem like a big deal, but proper brushing can prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

How often do you brush? At the very least, you should brush your teeth twice a day. If you want to brush your teeth after every meal, great! But wait for 30 minutes after you eat to allow your saliva to wash away any acids left over from your food. When you do brush, you need to take about two minutes. If you time yourself for a week or so, you may be surprised at how little time you have been taking to brush. Brush the outside, and the inside of your upper teeth, and then repeat those steps for your lower teeth. To clean your front teeth, hold your toothbrush in a vertical position and use short, up-and-down strokes. Don’t forget to brush the biting and chewing surfaces of your teeth, and remember to brush your tongue. The tongue harbors the bacteria that contribute to bad breath.

It may seem like quite a bit to remember, but with a little practice, you’ll be brushing like a pro in no time! If you have questions about oral hygiene, or would like to schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Christopher M. Granillo, DDS, LLC, call 520-298-5556 today to plan your visit to Christopher M. Granillo, DDS, LLC in Tucson, Arizona.