• Are You Brushing Your Teeth Correctly?

  • Our Ballwin dentist and hygienist often see patients who don’t realize they are not brushing their teeth correctly. If you are concerned that you’re making mistakes brushing, don’t worry. These mistakes are very common, and can be corrected easily. Maintaining good oral hygiene depends on your brushing and flossing habits. Here are some tips to ensure you are brushing your teeth correctly. 

    Brush Your Teeth for Long Enough

    Our Ballwin dentist and the ADA agree that the recommended length of time to brush is for at least two minutes, twice a day. If this sounds like longer than your typical brushing session, consider buying an electric toothbrush that times you. You can also brush each quadrant for at least thirty seconds. Find a song you enjoy at least two minutes long, and play it when you brush your teeth. If the kids need some assistance, there are some great apps that can help them brush the full length of time.  

    Brushing Your Teeth in Circles

    A common mistake is to brush your teeth from side to side. This technique doesn’t allow your toothbrush to clean the entire tooth. Brush your teeth in gentle circles. This is much more effective at cleaning your entire tooth and gums. Take caution to brush gently, as too much pressure on your teeth can cause issues as well. 

    Replace Your Toothbrush Often

    Over time, the bristles on your toothbrush wear down. Old toothbrushes are also a breeding ground for bacteria. Keep your oral health in check by replacing your toothbrush often. Our Ballwin dentist recommends that you replace your toothbrush every three months. After your next dental exam, we may be able to offer you a replacement toothbrush.  

    Remember to Brush Your Teeth

    Always remember to brush your teeth! Cavities love lazy humans’ teeth. Brush at least twice a day and floss every day to prevent tooth decay and cavities. Brush again if you choose sugary drinks or treats. Don’t give tooth decay a chance to take place, cavities may follow. By keeping your mouth clean, you will prevent many oral hygiene issues.  

    Brushing and flossing are key factors in keeping your oral health in great shape. We are happy to offer additional tips for your kids when you come in for your next appointment. There are also some great tips on our Facebook page. We love to keep you smiling!