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July 28, 2015

Heed These Toothbrush Tips to Keep Your Teeth Looking and Feeling Great

200488022-001The way you brush your teeth is important. Think of all the bacteria and other “stuff” that is living on your teeth after you’ve had a meal. Throughout your life, you’ve most likely had the following drilled into your brain if not by a dentist, then by your parents: “Make sure you brush and floss twice a day. Right after you eat breakfast and before you go to bed, I better see those teeth sparkling clean.” We hope we didn’t bring up any bad flashbacks. The truth is, yes, brushing and flossing twice a day is very important and helps keep your dental health in check. But, have you ever paid attention to how you’re brushing your teeth? Subtle changes in your regimen can pay huge dividends down the road. Silver lake dentist, Dr. Michael Michel, wants you to brush the right time, the first time. Have you been to our Topeka, KS office lately? If you could use a refresher on brushing techniques, you’ve come to the right place.

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Young woman brushing her teeth

What Is The Correct Way to Brush?

We know what you’re thinking: “Brushing is easy – I’ve been doing it correctly for my entire life.” Are you sure? The proper amount of brushing time should take no longer than two minutes. That’s it. Just 120 seconds. Have you been brushing your teeth for that long? Two minutes may seem like a long time, but once you have your technique down, it will fly by. Short, soft strokes will get your teeth clean. Be sure to pay extra attention to your gum line, as bacteria loves to congregate in that specific area. Double check that fillings and other restorations are properly cleaned as well. It’s important that you use a toothbrush that has soft bristles and can last its full shelf life (roughly three months). Additionally, an ADA-approved toothpaste is what you should be using if you haven’t done so already.

Below is a list to help you start practicing correct brushing techniques:

• Hit the outer part of the upper teeth, then immediately make your way to the lower portion.
• The inner surfaces need some love, too, so be sure to cover both the upper and lower areas.
• Give your chewing surfaces a good brush.
• Want fresher breath? Brushing your tongue can be highly beneficial.

Need More Advice? Speak With Our Staff

You see, brushing your teeth is easy. All it takes is dedication and discipline to get your smile looking and feeling the way it should. By taking our advice and switching up your routine just a bit, we promise you can start seeing results that you never did with your own regimen. Our Silver Lake, KS office gladly accepts patients from all over, including Watson, Pauline, Dover, Auburn, and beyond. Dr. Michel is the Silver Lake family dentist your loved ones can trust.

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