Scarsdale Family Dental Specialty
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Scarsdale, NY 10583
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How to Brush Your Teeth

Brushing your teeth is one of the most commonly repeated and emphasized statements that dentists make – because it is the key action that patients can take to prevent developing oral diseases and tooth decay. Dentistry relies on patients’ active participation because some of the most effective preventative measures and brushing have been known to be a core aspect of better dental health overall. But one aspect of brushing tends to be overlooked; associations like the ADA provide guidelines on how to brush teeth properly, and these guidelines can help give technical guidelines to brushing teeth that are effective at removing bacteria and debris.

Whether you’re teaching your child to brush their teeth or find that your brushing habits are less than exceptional, our dentists at Scarsdale Dental Team can help. Dr. Hofer and his team can provide educational resources and instructions on how to brush your teeth. They can aid by giving toothbrushes and toothpaste, recommend sources for those with disabilities, and establish a professional, warm connection between our practice and your home through regular dental appointments.

Brushing Teeth: Step-By-Step

Here is our basic outline for brushing and cleaning teeth, as we recommend brushing your teeth at least twice a day, replacing your toothbrush every few months:

Step 1: Hold the toothbrush in your hand by wrapping your fingers around the base. Place the toothpaste on the bristles of the toothbrush.

Step 2: When leading towards the mouth, rotate the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, or slightly tilt the toothbrush head to ease access to your teeth and gums.

Step 3: Once you place the toothbrush along with your front teeth, use gentle, circular motions along the front of the teeth and the gums.

Step 4: The toothpaste will foam over time due to the motion, and you should spend at least a few seconds on each section of the teeth. Repeat these motions along the inside molars of your mouth.

Step 5:  Use a back and forth motion along the molar grooves of your teeth.

Step 6: Once the toothpaste fully foams, then spit out the toothpaste. After cleaning the teeth and gums, scrub the tongue with the bristles to clean off any leftover toothpaste and debris left.

 Common Questions About Brushing

 What toothbrush should I use?

You can use either a manual or electric toothbrush with soft bristles and gives you the easiest time as you brush your teeth.

 How do I know if I have a healthy mouth?

When you brush your teeth, you’ll notice less plaque buildup, a whiter smile, soft pink gums, and a red tongue, all of which are indicators of a healthy mouth.

 What benefits does brushing my teeth have?

Brushing your teeth helps remove the plaque and bacteria from the mouth and protect your teeth and gums from diseases such as gum disease, periodontal disease, and tooth decay.

If you have been experiencing problems with your teeth and gums, please contact Dr. Hofer to make an appointment at Scarsdale Dental Team. We can help clean and keep your teeth healthy through annual exams and cleaning sessions, and treat any conditions you have with the utmost care.

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