Every morning when you wake up you brush your teeth. Every night, before you go to bed, you brush your teeth. That’s great! But as long as you’re taking the time to brush your teeth twice a day, why not make sure you’re doing so properly? Dr. Gerber and his team at Gentle Dental Care of Tyler, TX, offer the following tips to help you brush better:
- Select a toothbrush with soft bristles that will not scratch your tooth enamel.
- Place a dab of fluoride toothpaste on the brush, moisten with water and then hold the brush against your gums at a 45 degree angle.
- Begin brushing in a circular motion, covering two or three teeth at a time. Brush the inner, outer and top surfaces of your teeth. Take care to brush your molars at the back of your mouth.
- When brushing the inner surfaces of your front teeth, use an up and down motion that covers the entire surface, as well as the gum tissue.
- Brush your tongue, too. Start at the back and brush forward in order to clear the bacteria that can cause bad breath and contribute to gum disease.
- For a thorough brushing, spend at least two or three minutes cleaning your teeth.
What are the Effects of Good Brushing?
Aside from making sure your teeth are clean and white, and reducing the build-up of plaque and tartar that can lead to gum disease, a good brushing does much to help you maintain a healthy body, too. Many people know that brushing your teeth decreases your risk of heart disease, because you are clearing away the bacteria that causes gum disease and has also been linked to heart attack and even heart failure. But there are many other overall health concerns that can be averted by simply brushing regularly. Some of these are:
COPD and pneumonia. The American Academy of Periodontology has acknowledged the link between periodontal disease and respiratory disease. However, by removing plaque, brushing can reduce the risk of gum disease that may lead to COPD or pneumonia.
Cognitive dysfunction. Once again, the bacteria that cause gum disease are to blame here, too. According to Dr. Angela Kramer, the lead researcher on a study conducted by New York University’s College of Dentistry, people with “periodontal inflammation are at an increased risk of lower cognitive function compared to cognitively normal subjects.”
Call Our Office Today
If you have questions about proper brushing, or if it’s time to schedule a professional dental cleaning and exam, then call Gentle Dental Care of Tyler, TX. We also proudly welcome patients from in and around the area including Whitehouse, Bullard, flint, Lindale and other nearby East Texas communities.