The average person has a lot of questions about toothbrushes – how to use them, store them, and more. In this article, we are going to answer some frequently asked questions about toothbrushes.
Should I Brush First or Floss First?
Many patients ask what the correct order of operations is when it comes to brushing and flossing. The truth is that it doesn’t matter all that much. The most important thing is to brush and floss your teeth regularly – regardless of the order.
Where Should I Keep My Toothbrush?
It’s a common misconception that you should keep your toothbrush in a sealed container in between uses. In fact, it’s much better to keep your toothbrush out in the open after use. This allows it to air dry effectively. Keeping it in a closed contained allows for an increased change of bacterial growth. Keep your toothbrush out in the open, upright, and make sure it’s not touching any other toothbrushes.
How Often (and How Long) Should I Brush?
The general rule of thumb is brush your teeth twice a day, for two to three minutes at a time. Many people brush in the morning when the get up and right before bed. Do whatever works for you but be sure to brush twice a day!
How Should I Position the Brush?
We recommend placing the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to the gum line so that the bristles are pointing where they can gently brush under the gums. Using a circular technique along the gum line instead of a back and forth scrub technique works the best to remove plaque.
Dentist’s Office in Bloomington, MN
Dr. Tim Brooks has many years of experience helping patients in the Twin Cities and surrounding area with their dental health needs. At Smiles for Life, we work with patients to provide individualized care from start to finish. Our team provides family and cosmetic dentistry and has the skills to address your dental issue – whatever it may be. Contact us today to set up your appointment with Dr. Brooks at our Bloomington dental clinic and keep your teeth happy and healthy!
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