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Are You Brushing Properly? Beautiful Smiles in Shrewsbury PA
Posted:Apr 06, 2018
The key to a beautiful smile in Shrewsbury PA is regular brushing. And the key to getting the most out of your toothpaste is creating is getting plenty of foam.
Working up a good foam is achieved by pre-wetting the toothbrush, then brushing your teeth at a 45 degree angle. The foaming helps to dislodge 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 ideal for proper brushing. Harder bristles can put the enamel and gum line at risk. When the gum line recedes due to aggressive brushing (or any other cause) a patient may notice tooth pain, increased build-up and decay, tooth structure weakening, and in severe cases, tooth loss.
Use a flurodated toothpaste. That promotes remineralization when the paste has been rubbed around on all surfaces of all teeth in the entire mouth. This takes time, so be sure you brush for at least 2-3 minutes.
Dr. Steven W. Haywood has been serving Shrewsbury PA area families since 1987. At your next appointment, be sure to ask about the dental products and techniques he recommends, and which are best for you and your beautiful smile. Our office provides cosmetic and restorative dentistry. For those patients with dental anxiety, we also offer sedation dentistry.