Just because adults have been brushing for a long time doesn't mean they don't make mistakes. In fact, some of the problems with oral hygiene in adults happen when they don't have good brushing techniques.
While this might not sound like a big deal, improper brushing can lead to tooth decay, and even tooth loss. Not sure whether your brushing technique is a good one? We have some pointers for the proper brushing of your teeth.
How to Properly Brush Your Teeth
In order to get your teeth cleaned properly, you need to start with a good toothbrush. Be sure that your toothbrush has soft bristles. Hard bristles can lead to the loss of tooth enamel, which no one wants to see happen. Also, be sure you are using a good toothpaste. Don't use too much toothpaste, however, just enough to get your teeth clean. Be sure that you are brushing for two minutes each time you brush. You should be brushing your teeth in a circular motion, working your way around your top and bottom teeth, front and back.
Also, think about making sure that you concentrate some of your time on your back teeth. Back teeth are often missed when adults are brushing, and they harbor all kinds of plaque and bacteria. Many adults get cavities in their back teeth because they don't brush them for long enough.
When you have brushed for two minutes, you need to rinse your mouth, and get to flossing. Many adults overlook the importance of flossing for their dental health, but it is very important. You need to make sure that you get all of the food particles out from between your teeth, because they give bacteria something to feed on. Be sure to floss in between each tooth. After you have flossed, rinse again, and your job is finished.
If you have questions about how to care for your mouth properly, why not give us a call? We would love to help you with your oral hygiene questions!