A Dentist’s Guide To Brushing Your Teeth The Right Way

How to brush your teeth

Here are some important things to understand about brushing your teeth, the correct way.

Picking the Right Toothbrush

A lot of people get this first part wrong, right off the bat.  It all starts with picking the right type of toothbrush.

I know, it is actually super hard to do.  The problem is, you go into the store and there are literally one million different type of toothbrushes to choose from.   So what do you do?  You stick to the Soft Toothbrushes and ignore all the others.  The gentle ones are ok too, they are just a different way of saying “soft”.

The reason you want a soft toothbrush is because you want the bristles to flex and bend in between your teeth and all the different nooks and crannies, to pull out and remove any food particles that have built up there.  A harder bristle toothbrush won’t flex and bend as much and therefor it will miss a lot of the particles that you want to remove.

Another reason that you do not want a hard bristle brush is because your teeth and gums are fragile.  And hard bristle can damage the enamel on your teeth.  A hard bristle can also injure or damage your gums.  This type of brush is also more likely to cause bleeding of your gums when you brush them as well.

If you like these tips, then please keep reading, and also consider reading our article: http://www.dentistgranville.com/family-dentists-and-oral-hygiene/

Don’t Brush Your Teeth So Hard

So many people get this one wrong.  It’s natural and you are probably brushing your teeth to hard, to aggressively, unless you are really making an effort not to.

As we stated earlier, your teeth, the enamel on your teeth, and your gums are fragile.  There are also a lot of blood vessels in your gums.  So you do not want, and you do not need, to brush your teeth really hard.  Another aspect to understand is that hard bristles can actually break down the enamel on your teeth.  This is not good.

You just need to do a good and thorough job of brushing your teeth, not a  hard and aggressive job.

Be kind to your mouth and gums and teeth!  Pick a soft toothbrush and brush gently!

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Slow Down, Don’t Go So Fast

This is piggy backing on the earlier theme of this article.  You want to slow down the speed at which you brush your teeth.  Most people are in a hurry and they brush really hard and really quickly.

Have you ever used an electric toothbrush like a Sonicare?  Did you notice that the Sonicare brush, one you hit the “On” button, that the brushing duration lasts for two minutes?  There is a reason for that.

It is pretty standard advice that you need to take about two minutes to thoroughly clean your teeth.  Most people only brush for about 45 seconds.  You can do better than that.  Take your time.  Go for a full two minutes.  Think about it.  If you brush your teeth in the morning and in the evening, that is only a total of four minutes of brushing your teeth.  You definitely have four minutes a day to do a proper job of maintaining your oral health.

Slow down and do it right and you’ll be happy you did.

Replace Your Toothbrush Often

This is another common problem.  Most folks hold on to their toothbrush way too long.  It becomes worn out and it becomes nasty.  You know what I’m talking about.  We have all done this.  We are all guilty of holding on to the toothbrush way too long.

And it makes sense, because we don’t think about it.  We only think about the toothbrush.

So do yourself a favor.  Go into your bathroom right now and look at your toothbrush.  Does it look all beat up?  Do the bristles look all frayed, like they have given up?  If so definitely change your toothbrush.

If your toothbrush looks like that, you’ve gone far too long without changing to a better brush.

You should change a lot more often.

Family Dentists And Oral Hygiene

There are so many choices when it comes to finding a good dentist.

Reasons to Consider Visiting a Family Dentist

There are a bunch of different reasons why you might be looking for a new dentist.  Maybe you just moved to a new area, maybe you didn’t like the care you received at your last dentist, heck, maybe your old dentist retired. 

If you’re in need of a new dentist, you want to consider finding a well regarded family dentist.

A great reason for choosing a family dentist lies in the name, “family”.  If you have family, this type of dentist is great because a they specialize in dental care for all ages, so the whole family can go to the same doctor to receive care.  This keeps things simple and convenient.

Another benefit of a family dental office is that usually there will be several different specialists in one office.  This type of office can take care of everything from basic teeth whitening for cosmetic purposes, to fixing root canals, to caring for children’s teeth (pediatric care).  They usually have a specialist on hand called an endodontist.  An endodontist works solely on your gums, and the pulp and the root of your teeth.

The obvious benefit of this one stop shop kind of office is that you don’t have to travel to different specialist.  Any busy mom with two or three kids will understand the value of getting all your oral care at one facility, instead of traveling across town to visit a specialist.

The dentist-patient relation is important because of how long you’ll be seeing your care provider.  The average patient says with their dentist for 10 years.  That’s a long time. 

For this reason, it is essential to do a little homework before picking your new dentist. Your relationship with your dental provider is a unique one. It’s a face-to-face relationship that is actually on your face. Just like your doctor, there are certain qualities that you will expect out of your dentist. His mattress side way could be paramount.

A good example of what you want to look for is Digital Dentistry at Southpoint.  The have been in business for over thirty years, have the latest hi-tech equipment, as well as tons of satisfied patients.

So how do you pick a good one?

Well, you can do a bit of research and look into their training.  There are some schools that are standouts above the rest like Harvard, New York University, and the University at Alabama at Birmingham.  You can also go to this article and read more: https://www.thoughtco.com/best-dental-schools-4691509.

Because technology is constantly evolving, you might want to ask about their efforts for continuing education.  You want to find an expert that is staying up to date, not using the same techniques that they have for thirty years.  Dentistry is always finding new ways of making tools and procedures less painful and less invasive. 

You want your provider to be current with the times.  A good clue will be if the office is constantly investing in new high tech tools.

You Can’t Beat Experience

Dentistry is a skill, like any other.  And it takes time to do it well.  The more experience your dentist has, the better.  Without knowing anything else, it’s probably better to pick a dentist that has been in business for fifteen years, than it is to pick a dentist that has only been in business for two.

There will always be problems and complications for doing the work that you just can’t be taught in the classroom.  Experience is that valuable intangible.  You want someone that is skilled, that has basically seen and fixed every dental problem you can imagine.


Look for a Wide Range of Services

Does your dentist also offer braces?  Do the also offer tooth extractions?  See if they offer inlays, which are used to protect teeth that are impacted by decay.
Most dentists offer sedation dentistry, and this is a good sign.  The reason is because of the drugs used in sedation, the dentist has to undergo extensive training as well as more scrutiny because they have to be licensed to disperse the drugs.  This is a good resource if you want to learn more about the qualifications needed to provide sedation.

Most dentists like to explain every dental issue they find after the examination.  However, many patients don’t want to know. Make positive that he or she is willing to take your preferences into attention.

Also take a look at his or her practice. Important questions to ask include: Is the practice busy? Is it clean? Is it within relative ease of your house or kid’s school?

What are the outlet hours? Are the open on the weekends?  Is there an emergency service?

Check Reviews

Reviews are almost as good as referrals.  But you’ll want to go through a bunch of their reviews, not just one or two.  The first place you’ll want to check are the Google reviews.  Those are easy enough to find.  Look for an office with a lot of reviews.  Read at least 10 to 15 reviews to get a good idea.

And remember one good, or even one bad review doesn’t make or break a dentist.  You’ll want to form your opinion from the aggregate of the reviews.

Also, you will want to read the Facebook reviews.  There are usually less reviews on Facebook but it’s still a good place to look, you can also go to the page and just read how the interact with their patients, to get a feel for the office

Of course, one in every one of the pleasant approaches to locate an own family dentist is to ask your friends, co-workers or own family. However, it could be the case in which you have currently moved to town and therefore it’s no longer so clean to invite friends. In this case, co-people are the obvious solution for some. But if that’s now not a possibility, it’s better to make appointments for easy check-ups with a few extraordinary dentists within the area.

Trust Your Instincts

Put your discretion on the test. Make sure you feel comfortable with this person and that they listen to your needs.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Explain which you want a dentist who can contend with the entire family. This is important as you must ensure that the dentist is certified to treat both person and children’s teeth.

Take everything into attention and make the selection for the dentist that is the first-rate healthy for you and your circle of relatives.


Some Things To Know About Your First Visit To The Office

Your Initial Visit
Our practice is committed to providing you and your family with safe, gentle, high-quality dental care. We understand that you, or your child, may feel anxious about visiting the dentist. We are sensitive to your needs, and it is our goal to make you feel comfortable visiting our practice while providing the best care possible.
Your first visit is all about you – your comfort, your happiness, and your health.
During your first visit, we will:
Review your dental and medical history forms
Complete a comprehensive examination of your mouth including an oral cancer screening, bite and tmj evaluation, screening for gum disease, decay examination and smile review. Plan on spending about 90 minutes with the Doctor and his staff on this valuable visit
Take X-rays of your teeth and mouth
Make a comprehensive series of close up digital photographs of your entire mouth
Review your existing conditions with you at the time of your initial visit using x-rays and photographs to give you a guided tour of your mouth.
Following your first visit Dr. Favre will prepare a written “Review of Findings” to share with you. This will detail existing conditions in your mouth, identify areas needing immediate attention and serve as a game plan to keep your mouth healthy for a lifetime
After your examination is complete, the doctor will meet with you to discuss your X-rays, help you create your own individual treatment plan, and answer any questions that you may have. This is routinely scheduled at the same time as your initial hygiene appointment for cleaning and polishing your teeth but may be made separately if it fits your schedule more conveniently.
Bring your smile, but also remember to bring these with you to your first appointment:
    Your completed patient information form
Your insurance card
Regular checkups are an important part of maintaining a healthy smile!
The American Dental Association recommends visiting your dentist every six months for regular checkups and routine teeth cleanings to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
We understand that you have a busy schedule, so when you’re preparing to visit the dentist, please remember that your appointments can last between 45 and 90 minutes.

Welcome to Our New Office

Welcome to the dental office of
Dr. Alex Favre, D.D.S.
Since 1987, Dr. Alex Favre has been providing the families of Granville, Newark, and Heath with nothing but the gentlest and most effective comprehensive care available. Along with his friendly and welcoming staff, Dr. Favre has worked hard to ensure that each smile in Central Texas is given the individualized and proper attention it deserves, and he is dedicated to helping you achieve a lifetime of happy and healthy smiles.
By providing comprehensive dental care, we focus on aesthetic and restorative dentistry, giving you a smile that you’ll be proud to show off.
Our wide array of comprehensive dental services aim to help you be as healthy as you are happy. In addition to general dental services, such as cleanings and gum treatments, we proudly offer these treatments to our patients:
    Preventive dentistry
Tooth-colored fillings
CEREC® single-visit crowns and fillings
Cosmetic dentistry
TMJ treatment
Complex restorative dentistry
Dentures and partials
We look forward to showing you just how rewarding and beneficial your dental care can be here at our practice, and we invite you to contact our office to schedule a complimentary consultation. We’ll be sure to answer any of your questions and do whatever we can to help you feel confident and excited to begin working with us on your way toward a brighter smile and better quality of life. Call today!
Serving Granville, Newark, and Heath, TX (Texas) – Dr. Alex Favre is your general family dentist, offering CEREC and dental care for children, teens, and adults.