The Importance Of Tooth Brushing

From an early age, we are told the importance of brushing our teeth properly in order to keep them shiny and clean. However, recent studies have shown that up to 75% of the American adult population have some stage of gum disease, which is an indication that either they are not brushing as often as they should, or they are not brushing properly. Gum disease can often be halted in its tracks and over time the gums can recover to their original, healthy state.

Plaque and Bacteria

Gum disease is caused by bacteria which are left on your teeth after brushing. These bacteria quickly multiply and grow, forming hard deposits around the tops of the teeth, near the junction with the gum tissue. The body responds to these bacteria’s presence and the gums become sore and inflamed. Some people may experience discomfort or bleeding when brushing their teeth. It is therefore essential to ensure that as much of the bacteria as possible are removed when brushing.


Can my dentist help?

If you suspect that you have gum disease starting, make an appointment to see the dentist. Del Mar dentists are used to seeing patients with gum disease and it is nothing to be embarrassed about. The dentist will first examine the teeth and gums to establish whether you have signs of gum disease and then advise on a course of treatment. This treatment may require further visits to the dental hygienist or dentist. Del Mar dentists are open at times to suit your lifestyle and can book your appointments at the most convenient times. Dentists or hygienists are also happy to go over the proper technique for brushing your teeth and give you guidance about the best sort of toothbrush and toothpaste to use.

Frequency and technique

Most people are aware that they should be brushing their teeth at least twice per day, morning and evening. Many people also like to brush their teeth after eating to keep their mouths feeling fresh and clean. Many people however are unaware that they should be brushing for at least 2 minutes each time. Having a kitchen or egg timer, or even a stopwatch in the bathroom will help you judge how long to brush. Proper brushing technique can also be demonstrated by a dentist. Del Mar dental practices can also check your toothbrush to ensure it is in good condition. Many people just brush the front of the teeth and the parts they can see, forgetting to brush the back of the teeth and far enough back into the mouth. Dentists recommend working in a methodical manner around the mouth so that no teeth are missed during the brushing process. Mouthwash should also be used after brushing to help remove any bacteria which may be left behind.

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Dr. Lori Ann DDS, cosmetic orthodontist Carmel Valley of San Diego, dentist Del Mar provides clients with quality restorative and cosmetic dentistry, including laser dentistry, porcelain veneers, tooth whitening, implant crowns and complete smile makeovers. Contact Dr. Lori (858) 481-8688.Author: Lori Ann