Are You Brushing Your Teeth Wrong?

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About Dr. Peter Zwier

For over 30 years, Dr. Peter J. Zwier has been providing a broad range of general and cosmetic dental services to Grand Rapids, meeting the needs of your whole family in one convenient location. Your oral health is extremely important to your body’s wellbeing, and a beautiful smile is a wonderful asset at any age.

Teeth brushing is recommended twice a day in order to remove plaque and debris from the surfaces of the teeth and gums. The way you’re brushing and the type of toothbrush you use could influence how effective your teeth brushing actually is.

The Toothbrush You Use

Soft bristles are gentler on the gums and more effective at brushing the gum-lines. Soft toothbrushes also prevent gum recession and tooth abrasion. Using a toothbrush with hard bristles can weaken the crown of the tooth and cause damage to the tooth enamel by wearing it away. Next time you’re overwhelmed with options in the toothbrush aisle, look for soft bristles!

Using an electric toothbrush instead of a manual toothbrush can make brushing more effective. Electric toothbrushes produce speed and motion that can’t be done manually.

Knowing when to replace your toothbrush is also important to your health. It is recommended that toothbrushes be replaced every three months, immediately after a cold or flu, or once the brush looks worn. This also applies to the heads of electric toothbrushes.

 Your Brushing Technique

While brushing your teeth, the bristles should be directed toward the gums at a 45-degree angle, placing the bristles partly on the tooth’s surface and partly on the gums. Gently move the brush back and forth in short strokes, making sure to brush the outer, inner, and chewing surface of the tooth. Brushing your teeth for two minutes, twice a day, and regular teeth brushing from your dentist will help you maintain healthy teeth and gums. A tip from Doc Z: If Dr. Zwier had to choose between brushing and flossing he would go with flossing. Fortunately, you don’t have to choose…you can do both!

What does the ADA say?

If you’ve been brushing your teeth wrong, don’t despair. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Zwier in Grand Rapids today to ensure that your teeth are clean and healthy.