There’s no doubt about it — brushing your teeth regularly can be a huge challenge. You’ve accidentally stayed up an hour past your bedtime because you got caught in a binge cycle on Netflix. You had a long day at work you can’t wait to collapse into your bed. You ran out of toothpaste and you forgot to grab another tube from the store on the way home.

It happens! The truth is that consistent brushing is incredibly important and it’s something we always advocate for. It’s also true that there are other things you can do while you’re brushing to help take the best care of your teeth possible. At Cottonwood Park Dental in Arlington, TX, our goal is to set you up for success. In our experience, pretty much everyone could use a good refresher on brushing every now and again. That’s why in today’s post, we’ll be sharing a few of the things you can do to enjoy more comprehensive brushing. Keep reading to learn more!

A Few Ways to Take Excellent Care of Your Teeth

Use a Soft Bristled Toothbrush

Although it’s really tempting to grab a toothbrush with hard bristles, the truth is that softer bristles are best. We can certainly understand the logic behind wanting to grab a harder bristled toothbrush. After all, if the bristles are hard, it will get more plaque off of your teeth, right? Unfortunately not.

In reality, harder bristles can damage the enamel on your teeth, opening your mouth up to bigger problems down the line. Softer bristles, on the other hand, gently massage your teeth and gums, ensuring that the stuff that doesn’t belong on your teeth gets removed in a way that’s safe.

Brush at an Angle

Back and forth, back and forth. Left to right, top and then bottom. Although that’s a seemingly natural way to brush your teeth, proper oral care requires a more nuanced approach.

Our advice is to brush in small circles, holding your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle. This ensures that your whole tooth gets cleaned while brushing, and your toothbrush can even get in and take care of your gums. Speaking of which…

Don’t Forget Your Gums

All too often, people brush their teeth and totally neglect their gums. This is a very common occurrence, and it means that a large number of people suffer from gingivitis. Gingivitis, according to the Mayo Clinic, “is a common and mild form of gum disease (periodontal disease) that causes irritation, redness and swelling (inflammation) of your gingiva, the part of your gums around the base of your teeth.”

So what can you do to lower your risk of gingivitis? Brush your teeth (and your gums) gently, at least twice a day. You can also be sure to floss regularly — we recommend once a day. You should also make it a point to see us at least twice a year for regular cleanings because we will be able to see things you won’t and that will allow us to provide you with specific care.

Schedule Your Appointment Today!

If you’re in need of a dentist in Arlington, look no further than Cottonwood Park Dental! During your visit, we’ll be able to give you advice that’s tailored to your own unique needs. At the end of the day, everyone could use some tips for better brushing, so whether you’re seeing us for a checkup or you’re in with a toothache, you can count on us to help.

We’re currently offering a New Patient Special that gets you a cleaning with a full exam and x-rays for only $98. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!