What Are Proper Brushing Techniques?

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Old Habits Die Hard

Brushing teeth is not a big deal to most of us. It is something we can do even with our eyes closed. However, what we don’t realize is that, for the longest time, we could be doing it wrong. Toothbrush trauma is not exactly a new term in dentistry. Common causes of this are long horizontal brushing strokes, use of hard bristles, and abrasive or excessive brushing.

Proper Brushing Techniques

Incorrect brushing methods could have been ingrained in us and already causing harm to our teeth and giving us gum disease. If this has become a habit, consider visiting one of the hygienists at Midtown Dentistry. He or she can show you the right brushing strokes and recommend the appropriate brushing frequency and timeline. Your dentist is also capable of providing expert advice in selecting the right toothbrush and many other details we often overlook.

Short Gentle Strokes

Generally, quick and gentle strokes make effective brushing. Except for the grinding areas, vertical strokes are the way to go. Do not forget to brush the gums and tongue as these spots also act as a breeding ground for germs. Brush two to three times a day, preferably after breakfast and lunch, and before you catch z’s at night. The bristles of the toothbrush should be soft and the edge rounded.

Learn to Brush Like Never Before

Only 3-Daily Steps Twice a Day is all that it Takes

Old habits die hard, so even with the right information, it’s still possible to fall into the trap of improper brushing. Try posting a note in your brushing area that will remind you of using proper techniques. You can also make it a fun activity; brush together with your spouse or kid so you can check if both of you are doing it right. It may be a hard habit to break but not mission impossible.

Yes, only three daily steps at a minimum of twice a day will make your teeth and gums healthy for most of your lifetime. Come and visit Midtown Dentistry to make sure you have the proper brushing techniques. We promise we will make it fun.

What is Oral Thrush?

Oral thrush is an uninhibited growth of the fungus Candida albicans in the mouth. It is the same fungus responsible for vaginal yeast infections.

This fungus infection builds up in the lining of the mouth and can spread to the gums and tonsils. Oral thrush occurs in babies and elderly, but adults who have dry mouth syndrome (xerostomia) or wear ill-fitting dentures are susceptible to this condition as well.

People with AIDS, cancer, and diabetes mellitus are known to complain about it. Pregnant women and those taking birth control pills are vulnerable, too, because of hormonal changes. Pregnant women can infect their babies with oral thrush fungus during delivery and breastfeeding.

What are the symptoms of Oral Thrush?

Some of the signs to look for when you suspect an oral thrush problem are:

  1. Difficulty in eating and swallowing
  2. Loss of taste
  3. Creamy white lesions in the mouth
  4. Red patches beneath the sores that could bleed
  5. Cracking at the mouth corners

How do You Cure Oral Thrush?

Generally, oral thrush infections are mild and can be cleared up with the use of anti-fungal mouthwashes, and following the proper brushing techniques, and the use of some of the effective home remedies too – all of which incorporate good oral hygiene. If you have any underlying medical conditions or afraid you might, it is a wise step to see your dentist or doctor.

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