Brushing Habits: Be Thorough, Be Careful, Be Consistent!

You know that you need to brush, of course, in order to enjoy a smile that’s clean, that looks good, and that remains healthy. However, as for what it means to really do a “good job” with your brushing habits, you might realize you’re without specifics. Sure, you should do it two times a day and you should “do your best,” but you suddenly recognize you could use more information that’s packed full of real details. Good news: Our East Dallas, TX team can help you out with this oral health topic in a jiffy!

Be Very Thorough!

You know that you should brush your teeth but what does that really mean? Just run your toothbrush over your teeth until it seems like you’ve probably done a good job and then stop? Nope. We can help you out with information that’s much more specific than that:

  • You should be brushing your teeth twice a day as we mentioned. However, it should last two minutes every time you brush. That way, you know you’re giving yourself enough time.
  • You need to be extremely thorough! Patients often overlook this factor, which is essential for brushing that actually protects your oral health. Brush all of your teeth surfaces on all teeth! Simple yet effective.

Be Careful

Yes, you want to do a thorough job. However, that doesn’t mean you want to be rough, aggressive, etc. When you’re doing a fantastic, thorough job with your smile, our team explains that this means you’re doing so gently. How can you be gentle, you ask? You can press very lightly with a toothbrush that has soft bristles (and you can avoid any type of product that is considered abrasive, such as abrasive paste).

Be Consistent!

Last but certainly not least, your brushing is only going to protect your oral health from problems like tooth decay if you are consistent! We mean extremely consistent! Brush two times a day, every day. Make sure each session lasts two minutes. The more you remain attentive to these details, the easier it is to take exceptional care of your smile without running into any hiccups!

Protect Teeth With Proper Brushing

Need help with your brushing habits? When you ask us for assistance, we can help you master the details in no time. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kalyan Nadella or Dr. Benjamin Walder, call Columbia Dental & Orthodontics in East Dallas, TX today at (214) 827-8000. We also gladly serve patients in Mesquite, Oak Cliff, Garland, and all surrounding communities.