You have no doubt been told many times that it’s important to brush your teeth twice a day, but did you know that toothbrushing affects your gum health as well as your teeth? Tooth brushing helps you to maintain good oral hygiene and prevent bacteria levels that cause gum disease. By combining proper tooth brushing techniques with the right toothbrush, you can keep your gums healthy and beautiful.
Failure to practice good oral health habits such as tooth brushing can result in the leftover food particles and plaque in your smile turning into tartar, which can cause gum disease.
Pair your soft-bristled toothbrush with a fluoride toothpaste to strengthen your teeth and gently clean your gums. Using small, circular movements, clean every side of a single tooth and then move on the to next tooth. Make sure you aren’t taking less than two to three minutes to brush your teeth.
A toothbrush whose bristles are worn and frayed won’t do you much good in preventing gum disease. Be sure to buy a new toothbrush every three to four months. Choose a toothbrush that feels right and has earned the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance–a small insignia that tells you the product passed rigorous testing and can be trusted for safety and efficacy.
For more information on proper tooth brushing for gum health in Lexington, Kentucky, contact ODonnell Family Dentistry at 859-269-4613 and request a time to speak with our experienced dentists, Drs. O’Donnell, and Galbreath!