In this message from the dentist at Alaska Premier Dental Group, we look at some details about brushing your teeth. A key to activating the value of toothpaste is creating foam as you brush.
Working up a good foam is attained by pre-wetting the toothbrush, then attacking at a 45 rather than 90 degree angle. The foaming helps with dislodging food debris from nooks and crannies in the mouth. Go ahead and swish it around at the completion of brushing to pick up any stragglers. The abrasives in toothpaste are designed to polish the teeth without damaging the enamel.
Because of the abrasives, soft toothbrushes are best for proper brushing. Harder bristles can put the enamel and gum line at risk. If the gum line recedes from aggressive brushing (or any other cause) a patient may see tooth pain, increased build-up and decay, tooth structure weakening, and in acute cases, tooth loss.
The fluoride in the toothpaste promotes remineralization when the paste has been rubbed around on all surfaces of all teeth in the entire mouth. This takes time so be certain you brush for at least 2-3 minutes.
In addition, remember that flossing is critical and rounds out the 5 minutes each day to give you healthy, pain-free chewing for years and years to come.
At Alaska Premier Dental Group, services include family and cosmetic dentistry. Call us today to schedule your next appointment.
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