Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Proper Teeth Brushing

A proper brushing technique is like having a dentist take care of your teeth every day. Dr. Dipika Shah wants to remind her patients about the correct way to brush teeth and how much time you should spend on them every day.

Brushing your teeth should be done for two minutes, twice per day.Brush after first and last meal of the day. Night time brushing is the most important one as we do not move our lips, cheeks as much at night and food stays in one place feeding bacteria also  the mouth dries out overnight, bacteria left in the mouth can multiply much faster and sit in your mouth all night! So make sure to brush at least afetr dinner. .

Brushing should be done with circular motion or with short up-and-down strokes. Make sure to hit the front, inside, and chewing surfaces of every tooth. For the back molars, make sure to get the backs of those teeth.

As for using an electric or a manual toothbrush, most studies are showing that both can do the same job. However, for those who have trouble using their hands, an electric toothbrush may clean teeth better, as they do a majority of the job. A small toothbrush head will be best to reach every surface in the mouth. Make sure to brush lightly, there is no need to bear down hard on teeth. This could irritate gums and wear away enamel.

To schedule a dental cleaning with Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS, MAGD of Holmdel, NJ call our office at (732) 264-8180 or visit our website,

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