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Starting In the Same Place Each Time
It is important for you to brush your teeth at least twice each day, but experts recommend beginning to brush in a different location each time. When you put toothpaste on a toothbrush, most of it remains on the first tooth that you begin to brush. This is giving the same tooth a more thorough cleansing with the fluoridated toothpaste to prevent the decay that leads to cavities. Unfortunately, the other teeth inside your mouth are receiving less fluoride, and these teeth are more likely to develop cavities.
Brush Your Teeth Carefully While You Wear Braces or Aligners
When you visit an orthodontist to begin wearing braces or Invisalign aligners, a hygienist will teach you the proper way to brush your teeth to remove food and beverage debris. One of the most important things that you will learn is to start brushing in a different area of your mouth each time. It is especially important to brush your teeth correctly when you are wearing wires or brackets because these items collect food particles that can change into plaque. You should also use floss to remove additional plaque to prevent gingivitis and halitosis.
Contact Us to Schedule Your First Orthodontic Appointment
If you live in Minnesota, then you can have an expert examination from a knowledgeable orthodontist at McDermott Orthodontics. Dr. Michael McDermott offers appointments at several facilities, including:
• Baxter – 218-829-1630
• Brainerd – 218-829-1630
• Pequot Lakes – 218-568-5600
• Delano – 763-972-4444
Dr. McDermott has been caring for adults, teenagers and children for 15 years, making sure to provide customized orthodontic devices that include:
• Invisalign – clear plastic aligners for teenagers and adults
• Braces – ceramic, metal and Damon
• Retainers – worn after orthodontic treatment ends
For patients who want to reduce their treatment time, we recommend using the AcceleDent Aura system at home for 20 minutes each night. Schedule an appointment today.
Toothbrushing Mistake No.6: “Starting In the Same Place Each Time”
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Dr. Michael McDermott earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in both Chemistry and Biology from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. He followed his undergraduate degrees with a doctorate in dental surgery at the University of Minnesota, where he graduated with highest distinction.
Dr. Mike then furthered his dental education by earning a masters and certificate in Orthodontics at the University of St. Louis in Missouri.