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Brushing Teeth 101 ~  Don't Worry About Flossing 'til You Pass

Brushing your teeth the right way improves your health and appearance and doesn't take much longer than brushing the wrong way:)

You may be too young or think you are too old to floss, but almost everyone uses a toothbrush and can easily improve their technique.  Click here to skip to the instructions. 

Forget about Floss  

OK, you should eventually learn to floss but not until you are an expert brusher.

Don't stress about flossing or what dental product you should be using until you have perfected your brushing.

Good brushing technique is job one. 

No toothpaste. No products. No electric gadgets.  Just a plain toothbrush and some water.  

Brushing 101.

Just a few simple changes can dramatically improve your health.  While you are practicing, don't use toothpaste,  just get your toothbrush wet so you are not rushing or worried about dripping toothpaste foam on your shirt.


Don't get stuck in a bad pattern

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Tooth brushing is so automatic and is often done when you are not fully awake.  

You probably don't even realize how you are brushing.  

Most are completely unaware of areas they are missing.

Before you know it, poor brushing patterns become habit.


If you are not aware of plaque that has formed on your teeth, it's easy to miss the same spots day after day.  Week after week. 

Soon gums become inflamed or cavities begin to form in these neglected spots.

One common pattern... right handed brushers usually do a better job on their left side and lefties keep their right side cleaner.  

Bad patterns are easy to fix once you are aware of them. 


Here's how

Three keys to improve your brushing:

  1. Be thorough: brush every surface of every tooth.
  2. Have a sequence: brush in the same order every time.
  3. Use good technique: focus on your gum-line.

This is great brushing technique

It's hard to demonstrate the right amount of pressure....However, many don't use enough pressure because they are afraid of hurting their gums.

As a result, they have alot of plaque near their gums and are likely to have early symptoms of gum disease.  

Brushing too hard in a scrubbing motion may worsen receding gums. But,  clenching or grinding of teeth is the main cause of receded gums.

Remember, plaque forms fastest near or under you gum line. Missing the gum line when you brush will lead to gum disease.

You should feel the bristles against your gums, just don't scrub, use small circular strokes instead.


Fine tuning

  • Be sure to use a soft toothbrush.
  • Gently push the bristles toward your gums.
  • Use just enough pressure to make the bristles "sweep" across and under your gums.
  • Don't use long scrubbing strokes.
  • Place your brush against your gums and use a massaging motion.

Be patient

If you have not been brushing properly your gums will bleed the first few times you brush the right way.

Not because you are doing it wrong but because they are inflamed from all the plaque that you have been missing. 

Don't worry, and don't quit brushing the new way.

If they are sore after brushing you can rinse with Listerine mouthwash or 3% hydrogen peroxide.

See your dentist if your gums don't look or feel healthy.

Now  ~ Choose the right toothpaste

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