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01Oct2013

Do You Brush Your Teeth Correctly? Probably Not!!!

ALMOST EVERYBODY brushes their teeth, but only one in ten people are doing it effectively!

To that, we have to say a great big “YUCK!!” Imagine if only ten percent of the population showered correctly. That would be pretty gross. But according to researchers at the University of Gothenburg, ninety percent of the population does not brush their teeth the right way!

Don’t worry!! Your friends at the Coeur d’Alene Dental Center are here to help you. So sit back and open wide as we present some of our most useful toothbrushing tips.

Tip #1: Size Matters

Many people use a large toothbrush head thinking “the bigger the better.” But you can brush just as effectively—if not more so—with a smaller brush, especially if you have to strain your mouth to use a larger one.

According to dental consumer advisor Dr. Richard Price, “the more comfortable it is in your mouth and your hand, then the more likely you will use it and use it properly.”

Tip #2: It’s Good to Be A Softy

It would seem to make sense that firmer bristles would clean your teeth better, but many times they just wind up damaging your sensitive gum tissue. The American Dental Association recommends a soft bristled brush and we agree!

Tip #3: Don’t Do A Rush Job

While most people spend about fifteen seconds or so per round of brushing, a full two minutes is best. And to make sure you don’t play favorites, divide your mouth into four sections (upper right, lower right etc…) and spend thirty seconds on each.

Some electric toothbrushes actually have timers, but you don’t need to be so fancy. Find a thirty second song and sing it to yourself for each mouth quarter. Or multitask by watching TV until the full two minutes is up.

And Don’t Forget Flossing!

Even though we are talking about toothbrushing, it just wouldn’t be complete without mentioning those surfaces between your teeth – the ones that can’t be reached with a brush. Yes, thats right – we all need to floss!! Daily flossing prevents cavities and helps to keep your gums in good shape.

We Provide Complimentary, Personalized Coaching

At the CDA Dental Center we want you to have strong healthy teeth and gums, fresh breath and a beautiful smile!! Please give us a call and we’d be happy to find the right brushing plan for you by providing you with a complimentary toothbrushing and flossing lesson.

We are here for you!

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