Our patients at Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry in San Jose schedule appointments for lots of reasons. They may need their six month checkup or a cavity filled; they may just need a cleaning. Most really want to know if they are brushing their teeth correctly. These are all functions of general dentistry.
Having patients come for treatment and leave with questions answered – from which toothpaste to use, to proper tools and techniques – is our business. At Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry, we’re all about educating our patients.
1 Soft Bristle Toothbrush
Gentle brushing will obtain the best results. In fact, we recommend against hard or medium bristle toothbrushes, which can damage your gums. For best results, wet your soft bristle toothbrush to be sure the bristles are pliable before brushing.
2 Minutes of Brushing and Flossing
Split the mouth into fourths and spend a good 30 seconds in each quarter. Hit the chewing surfaces, the inside surfaces, the outside surfaces, and gently massage the gums. Be sure to pay attention to the far side of the back tooth that is never visible but can collect food and allow tooth decay to begin.
Take two minutes to floss after brushing in the evening to remove any remnants and to clean any build-up. You have approximately 32 teeth and 32 gaps to floss clean. Two minutes should do the trick, but adding an extra minute for good measure can’t hurt.
3 Times a Day
Brushing after every meal should be the goal. This is difficult for many who are not home for the midday meal. To achieve amazing dental hygiene, brushing is priority one.
There are as many toothpaste choices as there are teeth. Toothpaste acts as the vehicle that collects the debris, keeps the bristles pliable, fluoridates the mouth, freshens the breath, and a myriad of other side jobs. Even if you don’t use toothpaste after lunch, a quick brush can keep your teeth free of buildup.
At Wes Yemoto Esthetic Dentistry, we understand that nature has provided few of us with perfect teeth. When you schedule an appointment with Dr. Yemoto, you will be advised on ways to improve your smile.
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