Brushing 101

We all have been brushing and flossing our teeth for many years, but we at Lowes Island Dentistry get asked by many of our patients if they are brushing and flossing correctly. Many patients are surprised to learn that they’re not doing it properly.

At Lowes Island Dentistry we recommend brushing AT LEAST twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for at least two minutes, especially first thing in the morning and before bedtime. Three times a day would be even better. We recommend that patients should floss at least one time a day, usually at bedtime.

Tilt the brush at a 45° angle against the gumline and sweep or roll the brush away from the gumline. Gently brush the outside, inside and chewing surface of each tooth using short back-and-forth strokes. Gently brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen breath.

Place the toothbrush at a 45°angle along the gum line. Move the toothbrush in a back and forth motion, and repeat for each tooth.

Be sure to brush your tongue to remove odor-causing bacteria.

Although many patients prefer to use a manual toothbrush, we at Lowes Island Dentistry highly recommend a mechanical toothbrush as we find that patients, through the use of the wrong manual toothbrush and incorrect techniques, cause gum damage in the form of toothbrush abrasion. These areas are referred to as abrasion areas with gum recession. The use of a mechanical toothbrush, like  SONICARE , enables patients to apply less pressure on their teeth and gums while brushing and get a better reduction of bacteria in the mouth that causes cavities and gum disease.  Because we believe in this and advocate this belief, we offer our patients the best manual toothbrush on the market  (Colgate) free with every cleaning.  We go through countless hours of continuing education to stay on the cutting edge of knowledge so that we can offer our patients the best. We also offer the White Diamond Clean Sonicare for $180.  Lowest Price Guarantee/Match.

Come Visit us at Lowes Island Dentistry for an oral exam and professional cleaning.

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