Gentle Dental at Oregon Avenue
1419 West Oregon Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19145

Brushing Tips to Ensure Great Oral Health

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If you want great dental health and improved well-being, maintaining good dental hygiene for kids and adults is imperative. Leaving large amounts of plaque on your teeth causes tooth decay, cavities, and periodontal disease. Recently, scientists have discovered that dental disease is linked to serious health conditions like cardiovascular disease and diabetes. You’re probably aware that you should be brushing your teeth twice every day using a soft-bristled brush, but that’s not the only way you can achieve better dental hygiene. Your brushing technique can also help to reduce your health risks.

Brush Your Teeth Gently for Two Full Minutes

Good dental hygiene for kids and adults starts with brushing long enough to remove plaque from every tooth surface. The process of brushing your teeth should take two full minutes. Although this may not seem very long, if you don’t time yourself, it’s easy to stop too early. A British study revealed that one in three adults failed to meet their two-minute brushing goals. Using a timer or mentally counting seconds can help. It’s also important to see exactly where your toothbrush is going. Watching yourself brush in the mirror can ensure that you thoroughly clean every tooth, including hard-to-reach ones like back molars. Keeping an eye on your teeth also helps you recognize problems like bleeding gums, wear-and-tear damage, or tooth decay before they become serious.

Although teeth appear strong, they are made up of delicate structures, so always brush gently. Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, and brush using small, circular motions. Clean the front and back surfaces of your upper teeth first, and then move to the lower teeth. Pay special attention to your gum line, and brush your tongue to freshen your breath. Be sure that your toothpaste and other dental care products meet your needs. For example, if you have sensitive teeth, you should avoid tooth-whitening products that contain harsh abrasives. In addition to a great oral hygiene routine, professional dental care is essential for keeping your mouth in top shape. Make regular visits with an affordable dentist part of your lifelong dental care plan.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in South Philadelphia, call Gentle Dental at Oregon Avenue today at (215) 310-5817 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in South Philadelphia. With 14 affiliated practices in the Greater Philadelphia area, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental at Oregon Avenue, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental at Oregon Avenue.

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