Dental Health Tips from Your Wilkes-Barre Dentist (Part 1)

At my Trucksville, PA, dental office, I provide general dentistry services, such as checkups and dental cleanings. I want to be sure that my patients’ teeth are healthy and beautiful. An important way to maintain excellent dental health is with proper preventive oral care.

Brushing your teeth is part of it, but you should also floss at least once a day. And when you do brush and floss, using the right technique is key. I’d like to explain proper flossing and brushing techniques to ensure that you gently and thoroughly remove the plaque and food that contribute to dental disease.

Today, let’s focus on correct brushing. First, be sure that your toothbrush has rounded, soft nylon bristles to prevent damage to your tooth enamel and gums, and that your toothpaste contains fluoride and tartar control. Then follow these steps:

1.)    Soften the toothbrush bristles with warm water, then add a pea-sized amount of toothpaste to the bristles.
2.)    Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle against your gumline so that it touches the teeth and gums.
3.)    Gently brush the fronts of your teeth and gums in a circular and back-and-forth motion. Focus on two or three teeth at a time.
4.)    Softly brush your back teeth with the same motion.
5.)    To clean the back of your front teeth, hold the brush vertically and make gentle up-and-down strokes with the top half of your brush.
6.)    To clean the biting surfaces, gently scrub back and forth, with the brush parallel to your teeth.
7.)    Brush your tongue to eliminate bacteria and keep your breath fresh. Start with the brush at the back of the tongue and pull to the front.

You should brush for two consecutive minutes. To make sure you don’t stop short, buy a toothbrush with a timer, set your kitchen timer, or watch TV for two minutes while brushing. For kids, you can sing the alphabet twice while they brush. Just sing slowly!

With good at-home dental hygiene and regular dental visits, you can enjoy a healthy smile that lasts a lifetime.

I’m Dr. James DeFinnis, and beautiful smiles are my business. Call Back Mountain Dental today at 570-763-4360 for your consultation or appointment. I offer cosmetic and general dentistry for patients in Wilkes-Barre,Scranton, Trucksville, and surrounding areas.

Next week, I’ll tell you how to floss properly.

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