How to Properly Brush Your Teeth

When your teeth are clean, you feel happy and healthy. But to maintain that feeling all the time, you need regular dental checkups and cleaning. At Lee Trevino Dental, the best choice for teeth cleaning in El Paso, we want you to have the best dental care possible. That’s why we offer family, general, and cosmetic dentistry services to our patients in a relaxing environment using state-of-the-art equipment and products designed specifically to keep your smile bright and strong. 

To schedule an appointment for an El Paso teeth cleaning, call (915) 593-8815.  

Steps in Brushing Your Teeth

  1. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush that has rounded ends.
  2. Place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against your gums and teeth and move it in small circular motions to clean the outer surfaces of the teeth, gum line, and inner surfaces of the cheeks.
  3. Hold the tip of the bristles near the gum line with light pressure and brush up and down one tooth at a time, being sure not to miss any areas under your gum line or on the biting surface of each tooth (the top). Make sure you brush all sides of each tooth from front to back, upper right side, upper left side, lower right side, and lower left side until you have brushed every part of every tooth (for about two minutes).
  4. Brush again with light pressure from front to back only this time brush lightly over all chewing surfaces (top) of all teeth for 30 seconds or so before rinsing well with water

Tips for Brushing Your Teeth Better

Brushing your teeth is an important factor in preventing cavities and gum disease. It helps keep your teeth healthy, strong, and clean. Brushing two to three times a day, after meals and at bedtime, is the best way to prevent cavities and other dental problems. Here are some tips on how to brush right:

  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush that has a small head and a rounded surface for better access to hard-to-reach areas of the mouth.
  • Rinse your mouth with warm water before brushing so that food particles are removed from the teeth and gums.
  • Brush all surfaces of each tooth–including the chewing surfaces, inner sides, outer sides, and tops–for at least two minutes (about 200 strokes), but no longer than three minutes (about 300 strokes). The American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every three months or sooner if it becomes worn out or frayed.
  • Use an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste containing fluoride as an ingredient since fluoride is important for cavity prevention in children under age 6 who do not yet have permanent teeth; children ages 6 through 16 should use no more than a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.
  • If you have braces or other dental work, you need to pay extra attention when brushing your teeth. Braces and other types of dental work can trap food particles between them and cause gum disease if they aren’t properly cleaned. To ensure that food particles don’t get trapped between the teeth, make sure that you’re brushing all surfaces of both sides of each tooth and use an interdental brush (also called a flossing pick) to clean between each tooth where ordinary brushes cannot reach.

Family, General, and Cosmetic Dentistry in El Paso

At Lee Trevino Dental in El Paso, Texas, we believe that dental care is important to your overall health. Our goal is to help you achieve optimal oral health through a combination of preventative and restorative services, including teeth cleaning. When you visit our office, we will perform a thorough exam and develop a customized treatment plan based on your unique needs. 

Whether you’re looking for a better smile or simply want to improve your oral health, we can help. Contact us online today at (915) 593-8815.

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