5 Brushing Habits You Should Adopt

Brushing and flossing are the pillars of a good oral care routine, but every now and then, it’s a good idea to freshen up your brushing habits. Brushing and flossing help to remove cavity-causing bacteria and other debris. This means that brushing does more than just freshen your breath — it can help improve your overall health. 

At Palmieri Dentistry, we know that a healthy, beautiful smile starts with a good oral care routine. Accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Roberto Palmieri of Palmieri Dentistry suggests you visit our Mooresville, North Carolina, office if you have concerns about your oral health. Whether you’re in need of a dental cleaning or a restorative treatment, we can help you achieve a healthy smile.

In the meantime, here are five brushing habits that you can adopt today.

Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle

Did you ever think about the angle that you hold your toothbrush? It matters! If you hold your brush at a 45-degree angle, the bristles can better clean along your gum line. Instead of long, sweeping motions, use short strokes (about a tooth wide) back and forth. 

Don’t brush too aggressively either as that can irritate the gum tissues. 

Choose the right brush

It’s tempting to think that a hard-bristled brush can scrub better, but harder bristles are more abrasive. Instead, choose a soft-bristled brush. If you’re choosing a brush for your child, choose the appropriate size.

Even the right brush won’t last forever. Replace your brush every 3-4 months, or sooner if the bristles become frayed. A worn-out brush isn’t as good at cleaning your mouth.

Set the timer

Brush your teeth twice a day, preferably in the morning and then again right before bed. If needed, you can brush after meals too. 

In addition to brushing twice a day, it’s important to brush long enough. During a brushing session, you should brush for two full minutes. Try setting a timer to stay on track. You can also play a song that’s two minutes long and keep brushing until the song ends.

Use ADA-approved toothpaste

We’ve already covered the importance of choosing the right brush — and replacing it when needed — but your toothpaste is equally important. Not all toothpastes are created equally. To ensure that your pearly whites stay healthy, select a toothpaste with the ADA seal of approval. The American Dental Association awards this seal only to toothpastes that are demonstrated to be both safe and effective. 

ADA-approved toothpastes also contain fluoride, which helps to reduce the risk of cavities. 

Follow up with flossing and rinsing

Brushing is only part of a good oral care routine. That’s because even with all of these habits, brushing alone isn’t enough. Flossing helps to remove plaque, bacteria, and debris from between teeth — an area that your toothbrush just can’t reach. 

Flossing and rinsing your mouth with mouthwash are perfect additions to your oral care routine.

Spot a problem during your brushing session? 

If you spot a red flag — such as increased tooth sensitivity or bleeding gums — don’t hesitate to visit us. For questions or to request a visit, give us a call at 704-247-6336 to schedule your appointment.

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