Smart Brushing Beats Aggressive Brushing

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Most people brush their teeth every day (at least we hope so). However, there are many who brush incorrectly, not realizing it may be contributing to oral problems. Here are some smart brushing tips from Vaca and Kirby in Longview TX.

One of the most important things to remember is to use a gentle touch when you brush. Brushing too aggressively can actually damage your gums, especially if you’re using a hard-bristle toothbrush.

Other important things to remember:

  • Plaque is soft and loose, so you don’t have to scrub very hard to remove it. Think of it not so much as brushing, but massaging your teeth. With that in mind you should you be able to keep that light, gentle touch.
  • Be sure to get all over your teeth: the front and the sides, inside and out, and the tops. When you to the sides, be sure you brush along the gum-line. Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle.
  • Use a pea-sized blob of fluoridated toothpaste. Make sure the head of the toothbrush isn’t too big, especially if you have a smaller mouth. It needs to fit easily between your cheeks and gums.
  • Last but not least, brush for at least two minutes. Some people find it useful to use a stopwatch to make sure they brush long enough. There’s an app for that, and you probably already have it on your smart phone.

At Vaca and Kirby in Longview TX, we want the best possible dental health for all of our patients. Patients from Gladewater, Hallsville, and New Diana come to our office for general and restorative dentistry. Contact us today!

Contact Vaca & Kirby Dental:

903-663-0861

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3121 H G Mosley Pkwy
Longview, Texas
85605

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