How do I know if I am brushing right?

How do I know if I am brushing right?

Here are some easy ways to tell if you are brushing right and to provide yourself with positive reinforcement:

  • The Tongue Test: Have you ever noticed after a professional dental cleaning how slick and smooth your teeth feel right down to the gum line?  Well, that’s how they should feel every time you brush your own teeth.  Use your tongue to feel at the gum line and see if the tooth surfaces feel smooth and slick throughout your mouth.
  • Floss Check: This is easier with un-waxed floss.  Is there blood on the floss or does the floss smell?  Do you notice when you run the floss up and down a tooth surface, it squeaks?  We call that squeaky clean, so try it – once a day to keep your gums healthy.
  • Bleeding: It’s important to note that healthy gums do not bleed; bleeding gums usually signal inflammation of the gums, i.e. gingivitis.  If you continue new brushing and flossing methods, bleeding should dissipate over time.
  • Visit Us: this is the ultimate check for learning how well you are remove plaque daily and how this activity has affected the health of your teeth and gums.

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