The Way You Brush Can Save Your Smile

dca-blog_make-kids-smile-about-brushing

Practicing good dental hygiene is essential for ensuring great dental health and general well-being. A high level of dental plaque causes tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. In recent years, researchers have discovered that poor dental health is linked to other health problems like diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The way you brush plays a huge part in reducing your risks for early tooth loss and serious health problems. You probably know that you should brush twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush, but there are many other ways improve your dental care and protect your health.

Brushing: Take Your Time

Great dental hygiene for kids and adults starts with brushing long enough to remove plaque from every tooth surface. The process of brushing your teeth should take two full minutes. Although this may not seem very long, if you don’t time yourself, it’s easy to stop too early. A British study revealed that one in three adults failed to meet their two-minute brushing goals. Using a timer or mentally counting seconds can help. It’s also important to see exactly where your toothbrush is going. Watching yourself brush in the mirror can ensure that you thoroughly clean every tooth, including hard-to-reach ones like back molars. Keeping an eye on your teeth also helps you recognize problems like bleeding gums, wear-and-tear damage, or tooth decay before they become serious.

Check Your Technique

Although teeth appear strong, they are made up of delicate structures, so always brush gently. Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, and brush using small, circular motions. Clean the front and back surfaces of your upper teeth first, and then move to the lower teeth. Pay special attention to your gum line, and brush your tongue to freshen your breath. Be sure that your toothpaste and other dental care products meet your needs. For example, if you have sensitive teeth, you should avoid tooth-whitening products that contain harsh abrasives. In addition to a great oral hygiene routine, professional dental care is essential for keeping your mouth in top shape. Make regular visits with an affordable dentist part of your lifelong dental care plan.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Peoria, call Maple Shade Dental Group today at (855) 979-3356 or make an appointment.

Maple Shade Dental Group offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Peoria. With 3 affiliated practices throughout Illinois, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Maple Shade Dental Group, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Maple Shade Dental Group.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
My family loves Maple Shade Dental! Dr Shanahan is an Amazing dentist!!
Trista A.
Friendly people, great service provided and I always leave with a smile!
Dana B.
I’ve always been greeted by a friendly face and the whole staff is not only professional, but very friendly too!
Asher K.
The staff is very friendly, patient , and I wouldn’t change my dentist for anything! I look forward to getting my teeth cleaned !
#5
Great service from the staff, dental assistant and dentist!!!
Alfanso P.
Very friendly. Very informative
Michael C.
Always excellent service from the entire staff!
John M.
I absolutely love the attention to detail and the personality of the office staff!its a welcoming atmosphere!
Nicole B.
Made me feel at ease, friendly & it didn’t hurt
Jeanie G.
Good service, right in and out with minimal wait
Theodore S.
Friendly and caring staff. Plus, clean, well kept facility.
Tim F.
Did a very good job on my teeth no pain at all
Donald M.
What a GREAT dental office!! The staff & doctors are wonderful & caring professionals. Every time I go there it feels like visiting family. If you are looking for a dental office that cares […]
Deborah P.
Dental hygienist was personable and professional. Clean office great clerical staff
Catherine P.
Staff is so helpful and they genuinely care
Kelcie F.
Dr. Ruffner was recommended to me by my son. As a new patient, the office was able to give me an appointment within a month’s time, and sent two reminders via phone and through text in order […]
Frederica K.
Friendly and awesome staff. I am always satisfied with my treatment/cleaning. Highly recommended dental office!
Babette R.
Dr. Willy is awesome! My 12 year old broke the bottom half of his front teeth a couple years ago on his scooter and we had them fixed. They never looked completely natural or even. Dr. Willy took off […]
Alex Z.
Wonderful set of people that work there. Very friendly and out going.
Michaele T.
Dr. Shanahan’ work is top notch and his manner is very kind and considerate. I think Stephanie was the dental assistant’s name and she was fantastic. She kept me apprised of what was […]
Bonnie I.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
Learn More

We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

No Insurance? No Worries! See our discounts and offers here