How to Brush like a Pro

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Brushing Well

 

Do you want to know how to brush your teeth to keep your mouth really clean? With proper technique and the correct tools, you can always have a healthy, bright smile. Brush up on your teeth-cleaning skills, and effectively get rid of mouth germs to prevent oral health problems, such as bad breath and tooth decay.

Start with the Correct Tools

The first step to brushing well is to use the appropriate toothbrush and toothpaste. The American Dental Association says that both manual and powered brushes can effectively clean your mouth. Simply choose a brush that is comfortable for you and that can easily clean back teeth and other hard-to-reach areas of your mouth. Colgate�� 360�� has a flexible head and innovative tongue cleaner, which are great for getting rid of the bacteria in your mouth. Add a stream of fluoride toothpaste, and you are ready to clean and protect that smile!

Clean Outer Surfaces

How do you brush your teeth like a professional? A methodical approach will ensure that you are being thorough every time you brush your teeth. Begin by tilting your brush at an angle and gently sweeping it back and forth along the gum line for both the front and back of the upper teeth; brushing this way also at the gum line for the lower teeth too. Brush the front six teeth on the upper and lower teeth on the inside by the palate and tongue using the tip of the toothbrush using up and down strokes to remove plaque from the gumline and the back of these teeth.

Clean Chewing Surfaces

It takes a full two minutes to effectively clean your teeth. After brushing the gum line and outer surfaces, it is time to focus on the chewing surfaces. The chewing surfaces are not as smooth as the front and back of your teeth, and substances stick to uneven surfaces more easily. Using gentle back-and-forth strokes, brush these areas well to prevent buildup.

Clean Your Tongue

To keep your mouth healthy, don’t just brush your teeth. Scrub your tongue as well to remove bacteria. Brushing your tongue is important for routine bad breath prevention.

Do It All Again

You’ve done it! You’ve learned how to brush your teeth and scrubbed and removed plaque and germs. Your teeth feel clean and smooth, and your mouth feels fresh. Now it is time to keep up your amazing brushing habits. Brush twice a day, once in the morning and once before going to bed. You can talk to your dentist about brushing more frequently if you feel that your teeth could use the extra cleaning.

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…And Justice for All…

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I know life isn’t always fair. Believe me that I know! But for years I’ve been outraged at how out of reach the perfect smile is. Did you realized 75% of American’s suffer from malocclusion (or “bad bite”, the main cause for braces) That is HUGE!!!! If you are NOT one of the lucky kids to get braces, then you have crowded teeth which leads to an impossibility of proper brushing, which leads to gum disease and tooth loss. When are we going to realize this is a national health crisis! Not only that, healthy teeth and gums are interwoven with everything sacred and true that is the American dream. People with bad teeth won’t interview as well. People with bad teeth won’t date as well. Which means they potentially won’t work as well or marry as well. Such an important issue that strikes at our very core and is out of reach for most Americans. This should be a national issue, the fact that most company’s don’t even offer dental insurance and the wait for the few plans that do exist is often six months to a YEAR! In a year a tooth can go from a filling to needing a root canal. The average root canal cost $1,200.00 not including the crown!!! So for most people your only choice is extraction! How is this a choice? Now your whole bite is thrown off and you’re putting more stress on teeth that weren’t designed for the load. Which creates more stress and more cavities and if left untreated creates another root canal or potential extraction. How is it possible that we are eliminating the middle class through tooth decay! Really it’s that serious. Open your eyes! We all need our teeth and studies show, we have more respect for people with pretty ones! Live Well, Brush Well