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Time to brush up on our brushing habits, eh? Sometimes our brushing becomes a mindless habit, and teeth don’t get as clean as they should. Here are steps to make sure you are taking great care of your teeth.


Brush: Brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day. If you are just getting back in the habit, try playing a favorite song, or setting a timer.  The habit gets easier with regular practice, and the payoff is huge! Consistent brushing is a key healthy oral hygiene practice. To brush best, place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gum, and make short, back-and-forth strokes, about tooth-wide.  Be sure to brush the outer surface, the inner surface, and the chewing surface of all your teeth! To clean the inner surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush at a steep angle vertically and use multiple up-and-down strokes.


Floss: Brushing alone isn’t enough for complete oral hygiene. Flossing once a day can greatly improve one’s dental health by removing food particles that can cause plaque build-up. Flossing should take 2-3 minutes per session, and follow correct flossing technique. If you have a hard time with conventional floss, other interdental cleaners may be appropriate. Talk to your dentist about your options for correct interdental cleaning that fits your health needs.


Balanced Diet: Did you know that the food you eat (and when you eat it) directly affects your dental health? Eat a balanced diet with adequate calcium and phosphorus, and try to avoid between-meal snacking to better protect your teeth.


Remember, proper brushing is a lifelong healthy habit! For more tips on preventative oral hygiene techniques, contact Preston Family Dentistry at 972-447-9707. We are located in Dallas, Texas. We look forward to helping keep your smile bright!