What is the best and most proper brushing technique?

Dr. Lindsey Marshall and her team of professionals in Ardmore, PA work closely with patients to help them learn about ways to prevent the development of common dental concerns, including gum disease and tooth decay. With preventive, proactive care, many patients can keep their smiles healthy for life! Many patients who visit our team of professionals to learn about home healthcare often ask about the best and most proper brushing technique for effective cleaning of the teeth and gums.

What products should I have available?

There are several tools and instruments you can have at your reach to help you improve your smile’s health and keep the teeth and gums clean. These include:

  • A soft-bristled toothbrush. Choose a toothbrush that fits your mouth and allows you to reach all areas of the teeth and gums easily. Replace a toothbrush if the bristles are frayed, you have recently had an illness, or every three to four months as a general guideline.
  • Fluoride toothpaste. Adults should utilize a toothpaste that has been accepted by the ADA and contains fluoride for the most effective results.
  • Floss. There are different varieties of dental floss available over-the-counter. Choose the type that best fits your needs and abilities.
  • Mouthwash. Many patients will benefit from using a mouthwash after brushing and flossing to finish their care. Mouthwash can be used as a refresher as well, and may be prescribed to a patient for specific needs, such as chronic dry mouth or those with periodontal disease.

How do I properly brush?

  • Move the toothbrush back and forth across the teeth
  • Brush the outer and inner surfaces of the teeth
  • Brush the chewing surfaces of the molars
  • Use up and down strokes across the teeth on the upper and lower arch
  • Brush the tongue to remove bacteria

Learn more about proper dental care

If you are ready to educate yourself on oral health care habits at home, contact Dr. Lindsey Marshall and her team in Ardmore, PA. Her facility is located at 32 Parking Plaza, Suite 800 in Suburban Square, and can be reached by phone at (610) 649-0696. Take the time to learn about ways to properly brush and floss the teeth to avoid the formation of periodontal disease and tooth decay, two common dental issues that may impact the smile but are completely preventable!

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