Building better tooth brushing habits may not seem like a worthy undertaking, but this simple habit is one of the best things you’ll ever do for your teeth. As many people are no doubt aware, breaking a bad habit is no small feat. Especially one as ingrained in our minds as how we brush our teeth. However, there are ways to break your bad habits that many people can and do implement every day. And new solutions continue to emerge! One such solution is to take a selfie video of your tooth brushing technique and share it with your Tampa dentist.

There are a few reasons why taking selfies can aid your oral health. First, the act of taking a selfie (and knowing you will have to share it) makes you feel more self-conscious, inspiring you to overcome bad habits in favor of new ones. Second,many people enjoy taking selfies and find it makes the mundane task of brushing your teeth feel more fun!

Whatever you can do to make tooth brushing an enjoyable habit is well worth the effort. Tooth brushing (and flossing) are your twice daily protection against the constant stream of bacteria inside your mouth!Brushing your teeth physically removes food particles and debris that you can and cannot see. When done correctly, and used in conjunction with flossing, tooth brushing is a great method for preventing cavities, tooth decay and gum disease.

There is a right way to brush your teeth and it begins by having the proper equipment. Always choose a toothbrush with soft bristles. It should also be of a shape and size which fits comfortably in all parts of your mouth. Replace your toothbrush every three to four months. If you notice any frayed bristles on your toothbrush, replace it immediately. The toothpaste you choose should be based on the recommendation of your Tampa dentist as well as this ultimate toothpaste guide.

Let’s get brushing! To ensure each area of the mouth gets cleaned, divide it up into sections. Starting with the outer surface of your upper teeth, hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle from your gumline and sweep away from your gum. Next, continue the same brushing motion along the outer surface of your lower teeth. Repeat with both top and bottom inner surfaces. Don’t forget to clean the chewing area of your upper and lower teeth as well! Finally, give your tongue a thorough brushing to keep bacteria-causing bad breath from rearing its ugly head.

Our Tampa dentists have the following additional advice to give. When brushing your teeth, always use short and gentle strokes. Also, pay special attention to the backs of your teeth, your gum line and any areas where you’ve received dental crowns or other restorative dental work. Take your time and focus on each section of your mouth while cleaning it. Brush your teeth for at least two minutes to ensure adequate cleaning.

Is it about time for your next dental cleaning? Call our dental care office in Tampa to schedule your appointment!