Mark J. Gordon, DDS

Out with the Old, In with the New

As the start of the New Year brings about resolutions, one important point our office reinforces is proper preventative measures to maintain good oral health.

Here are some brushing tips you can improve on in 2022.

Keeping Your Toothbrush for Too Long

We recommend changing your toothbrush every three months coinciding with the change of the seasons.  Frayed and broken bristles will not keep your teeth clean and may be harmful to both gum and tooth structure.

Not Brushing Long Enough

Of course, we want to make sure your efforts are worthwhile so please use some form of time measurement for a thorough two-minute brushing.

Brushing Too Hard

We want to make sure that your new toothbrush is soft-bristled, too much pressure may be damaging to your gums and teeth.

Brushing Right After Eating?

It is recommended to wait at least 30-60- minutes for brushing following consumption of food or beverages that are acidic in nature such as soft drinks, lemons, and grapefruit as this could increase the loss of protective enamel.

Store Your Brush Properly

When finished brushing keep your toothbrush upright and let it air dry to avoid germ growth.

Proper Brushing Technique

When using a manual toothbrush make sure to clean all tooth surfaces… on the outside, tongue-side, and chewing surfaces while keeping your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums using short circular strokes.

For those who prefer an electric toothbrush, place the head flat against the tooth while allowing the motion of the brush to do the work for you.

Let’s make that New Year’s resolution right now!!!

Improve your brushing techniques to maintain excellent oral health for a lifetime.

Also, visit markgordondentistry.com for more information on maintaining good oral health.

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