Adults learn to brush their teeth as children and usually brush the same way their entire lives. It seems like a simple practice, right? What if we told you that you may have been brushing your teeth wrong for decades, exposing yourself to an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease? Dr. Miller at Snow Park Dental wants to share with you the right (and wrong) way to brush your teeth
The first step towards correct brushing practice is choosing the right toothbrush. Your Albuquerque dentist recommends using a soft-bristled brush with a head that is complimentary to the size of your mouth. Many think that brushing with a hard-bristled brush will result in cleaner teeth, but it really just leads to gum irritation.
The best method to avoid the buildup of plaque and tartar is to brush frequently and give that damaging bacteria little time to accumulate. Ideally, you should be brushing after every meal, but twice a day is sufficient. The amount of time you brush is also crucial. You should brush for at least two minutes, and for as long as three minutes. Length of time brushing is where a lot of people fall short. They may be following every other rule, but brushing for a short time will not properly remove debris from the surface of your teeth. What is left behind will accumulate and lead to decay and disease.
Dr. Miller is experienced in restorative dentistry, and is skilled at repairing damaged teeth, but he would prefer to provide you with preventative services to save you from experiencing the discomfort and cost of reparative measures. This begins with correct brushing procedure, and continues with exams and cleanings at our Albuquerque dental office every six months.
To schedule an exam with Dr. Miller, call our Albuquerque dental office at (505) 596-4479. We proudly server patients from Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Corrales, Los Lunas, Tijeras, Mountain Air, Santa Fe, and Taos.
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