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If you are not already doing so, you should regularly assess your tooth brushing technique to determine if there are any ways you can improve your daily brushing routines. If you continue to brush and floss daily and are still suffering from oral health ailments, it could mean that your techniques are not getting the job done. For additional help with your toothbrushing technique, be sure to visit your dentist every six months for an exam, cleaning and a consultation.

When focusing on your brushing technique, make sure your toothbrush is designed to operate as intended. Always use toothbrushes with soft bristles. Furthermore, be sure to replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months or as needed. If you’re struggling with traditional brushing due to joint pain or age, you may want to switch to an electric toothbrush. Once you have selected your toothbrush, always make sure to brush for two minutes twice every day.

Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle so you can be sure you can reach the outer, inner and chewing surfaces of each tooth effectively. However, you need to hold your brush vertically when cleaning your front teeth. As always, gently move the brush by using soft strokes. Don’t forget to brush your tongue since it harbors bacteria that produce bad breath. For additional help cleaning between teeth, you’ll need to dental floss, or an interdental cleaner such as a water flosser. A combination of brushing and flossing every day is essential for a clean smile.

For more information concerning brushing techniques, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Peggy Lovecchio and the rest of our team, please contact us at our dentist office in Roanoke, Virginia, by calling 540-904-2300 . Love Family Dentistry thanks you for stopping by!