Mouth open or mouth closed?
After lunch or after dinner?
Flat or at an angle?
We brush our teeth every day (hopefully!), but who knew it was this complicated. Just grab a brush a get to work, right?
Not so fast, my friend! There are actually some best practices to be mindful of when brushing those pearly whites.
The trick is cutting through the fat and finding out exactly what works. We live in a world of alternate facts, truthiness, and lists of “7 Ways to Keep Your Teeth Clean Without Picking Up a Toothbrush.” What’s even correct these days?!
Fear not, because we’ve got you covered with this handy FAQ (frequently asked questions) guide. We’ll keep it simple with some easy dos and don’ts of brushing. Let’s get to it!
Proper Brushing Habits
Don’t: Use looooooooong strokes. No need to cover your whole mouth in one stroke! Do: Use short, side to side strokes
Don’t: Brush with the force of a giant. This isn’t a strongman contest!
Don’t: Go one and done
Don’t: Be sentimental and use the same toothbrush for life
Don’t: Be average – the average person brushes their teeth for 45 seconds
Don’t: Keep your toothbrush in a closed container Do: All your toothbrush to air dry
Don’t: Store your toothbrush on the sink counter where bathroom particles can get on it Do: Store your toothbrush in the medicine cabinet
Don’t: Wield a tough-bristled brush
And there we have it! Some easy practices to keep that perfect smile.
Remember: Brushing is only 4 minutes out of the day, so why not make it the best 4 minutes of the day!
In addition to brushing, make sure to schedule your regular dental exams with Dr. Hambarchian by calling (818) 805 - 2251, or by booking online here!