Surprisingly, many individuals have unknowingly been brushing their teeth incorrectly for years, leading to potential oral health problems. At Foothill Family Dental, we emphasize the importance of learning the right tooth brushing technique to safeguard your teeth for years to come.

The common practice of brushing teeth in a back and forth motion, akin to sawing, can be detrimental. This motion erodes tooth enamel, making teeth more sensitive to temperature changes and accelerating cavity formation and gum recession. Moreover, this abrasive motion fails to effectively clean teeth, as the bristles merely bounce from tooth to tooth, leaving gaps between teeth uncleansed.

So, what’s the correct way to brush your teeth? Begin by positioning your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gum line. Then, gently move the toothbrush back and forth, ensuring the bristles cover each tooth and reach around the sides. This technique effectively removes food particles and plaque from the spaces between teeth.

Proper tooth brushing is often overlooked but plays a crucial role in maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Adopting the correct brushing method can prevent plaque buildup, which is linked to various oral health issues, including:

  • Gingivitis: a gum disease caused by plaque accumulation beneath the gum line, leading to separation between teeth and gums.
  • Cavities: permanent damage in the form of tiny holes on the tooth’s hard surface.
  • Tooth Decay: damage resulting from bacterial acids that corrode tooth enamel.

Transitioning to the correct brushing technique may require some adjustment, but the benefits are undeniable. If you have any inquiries regarding the appropriate way to brush your teeth, don’t hesitate to reach out to our office. We’re here to guide you on your journey to optimal oral health.

Foothill Family Dental
Phone: (949) 273-8600
26700 Towne Centre Dr, Suite 260
Foothill Ranch, CA 92610