Brushing your teeth properly is more important than you may think

Thursday, 11th April, 2019

If you ask your friends whether they know how to brush their teeth properly, they will probably give you a positive answer. However, this is not necessarily true. Even if you have been brushing and flossing your teeth for years, it's still possible that you are not doing it right.

At Navan Dental, we enjoy teaching our patients the right ways to brush and floss their teeth and you'll be happy to find out that we also accept medical card patients. Our dentist in Navan will demonstrate the correct brushing and flossing techniques. They will provide valuable information on how much time you should spend on brushing your teeth and whether you should use special tools and equipment.

Learning the basics of oral hygiene

Keeping your teeth clean and free from plaque is as important as caring for your overall health. This can be achieved by visiting the dentist in Navan regularly and brushing and flossing your teeth at home at least twice a day. It's really important to consider how much time you spend brushing and flossing your teeth. If you spend less than a minute, then you are doing it wrong. Your teeth require at least 2 minutes of brushing and 2 minutes of flossing in order to be cleaned properly.

To ensure that you brush and floss your teeth effectively, mentally divide your mouth into 4 parts and spend at least 30 seconds brushing each part thoroughly. Do the same for flossing. This simple trick will help you give equal attention to your teeth. Last but not least, pay extra attention to your back teeth.

The importance of using the right toothbrush

Getting the right toothbrush is equally important to the health of your mouth. If your teeth and gums are sensitive, your dentist in Navan will recommend a soft-bristled toothbrush. In general, you should avoid hard-bristled toothbrushes, unless your dentist in Navan has recommended them. Also, make sure that your toothbrush is not too big, so that it can reach all areas of your mouth comfortably. Both manual and electric toothbrushes are effective at removing plaque. However, electric toothbrushes have the ability to attack plaque more aggressively.

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