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Proper Toothbrushing Techniques

To make sure that you have clean teeth that will both look good and be healthy, you must ensure that all areas of the teeth and gums are covered.

What are proper tooth brushing techniques?

To make sure that you have clean teeth that will both look good and be healthy, you must ensure that all areas of the teeth and gums are covered. The faster these positive habits are taught to your children the better the outcome of their future dental awareness is protecting against dental treatment. There are not many new dental tips to learn, but once you do learn it will become like second nature every time you brush your teeth.

Firstly, you should make sure that you have a good quality toothbrush. Whether it is a soft regular manual toothbrush or a soft electrical toothbrush the most important part is the bristles are soft. Oral B and Sonicare electric toothbrushes are the best researched aids on the dental market and choosing which ever fits your style will work for your benefit. The toothbrush should be held in a specific way, and that is at a forty five degree angle. There is no need to be harsh when cleaning, as gentle movements will be just as effective. There should be short circular strokes made – each one should be about the same width as a tooth.

Angle the toothbrush so that it is slanted towards the gums. Move the toothbrush across the teeth with movements that are about half an inch at the time. The outer and inner surfaces need to be reached as well – in fact – make sure none of the teeth are missed. A big mistake that a lot of people make is to only brush the part of the teeth that everyone can see. When this is done, there are a lot of places where bacteria can hide, and then the problems will start. Make sure that the inside of the teeth is reached as well as the top. The top may only be a small piece, but bacteria can settle there, and it can be difficult to get rid of them once they take over.

The final part is to have one last cleaning movement over the back of the teeth. Here the brush needs to be tilted again and all areas should be covered. Vertical strokes are what is needed, and the problem bacteria should be removed. If you feel that you can brush your tongue, then do that as well. Bacteria can live there, and this will remove them. Regardless of whether you can brush your tongue, use a mouthwash as that may not help clean your teeth, but will keep the bacteria away and should always be part of your cleaning regime.

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How do these brushing techniques help?

The main reason for learning about teeth cleaning techniques is to make sure that you always clean them correctly. It may not seem important if you hold the toothbrush at a forty five degree angle, but it can make a big difference to the final outcome.  If teeth are not kept clean, there can be a few problems encountered. Firstly, there will be bits of food left in the mouth, and over the period of a day or so this can start to go off. Once this happens, your breath will not be fresh, and the tooth can start to decay. The longer the teeth are brushed incorrectly, the worse both issues will become. While breath can eventually be improved through correct cleaning, the damage that has been done to the teeth cannot be reversed only corrected through dental procedures.

Who is affected by poor oral hygiene?

Any person who has teeth and poor oral hygiene habits needs to learn how to brush and floss their teeth. A lot can be done at home to save teeth from cavities, bad breath, and dental infections. This includes children, teenagers and adults and home care is as important as regular dental check ups and cleanings. It should be easy to find out the best way to clean your teeth these days. Websites and dental features will explain what is needed and what you must do to get the best results. If you follow the guidelines carefully there should less dental problems noted. The one thing you do however need to remember is to check the reason why the articles may appear. Once you have experienced the problems with improperly cleaned teeth – first or second hand – you will want to ensure that you never have to experience it again.

Some articles are going to be health related and will give the best advice. Others will be promoting a product, so may suggest that certain products will be better than others. This does not mean that they are wrong; just that you should be away treat the information as what it might be – an advert to encourage you to buy rather than a fully researched article on the best way to keep your teeth clean.

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What do you need to clean your teeth effectively?

Questions are asked as to whether an electric toothbrush is better than a manual one.  Most dental practitioners will tell you that electric toothbrushes do a lot more than manual ones – but it is also up to how well you brush. It will be what you feel is best and providing all areas of the teeth and gums are cleaned it will be fine, whatever you choose. Knowing what toothbrush bristle style whether soft, medium, or hard is important – always soft is needed or else recession or sensitivity pain can start because of hard brushing. Usually a small head is better along with a variety of long and short bristles. Using one that has soft  bristle head will be gently enough for your teeth and gums but strong enough to remove plaque and food debris from you mouth. The electrical toothbrushes have an oscillating head will reach the places you need it to with more complex movement that will only help your oral health.

When it comes to the toothpaste, it is not just the fact that is has fluoride, but the amount involved. For an adult, it should be one that has 1350 parts per million of fluoride. Children will be able to use family toothpaste, so there is no need to look for toothpaste that is claiming to be better for children than ordinary toothpaste. The only advantage may be the taste if it is flavored as performance will not be any different. Otherwise the most important feature of brushing your teeth is the action and removal of the bacteria, food debris, and plaque from the teeth and gums.

 

What are the signs that you need to learn how to brush your teeth?

The main sign will be bad breath or bleeding gums. Foul mouth breath can easily occur to those who don’t brush their teeth at all and those who do it poorly. As well as bad breath, you can notice a sticky substance covering the surface of your teeth (called plaque). If you still don’t act, plaque will become calculus or tarter. This is a yellowish, hardened substance that is difficult to remove with just your toothbrush and toothpaste.  You might notice signs of early gum disease if you oral health is poor. This can lead to infections in the gums which is why the gums start bleeding which means it is time to go the dentist. But if you learn how to clean your mouth, the main outcome will be teeth and gums that are clean and healthy. It does not have to cost a lot or take a lot of time to learn good teeth cleaning techniques and you will appreciate the effort you took to not only keep your teeth healthy, but also white and clean. Ask us here at URBN Dental for any more tips for keeping your oral hygiene the best it can be.

Rox Roll
Rox Roll
20:09 05 Dec 19
My first visit was the best one! Even though I’m moving soon, I want to make this my primary dentist and drive all the way from Austin to keep going to it. Everyone was professional, they explained everything as they went and even shared more information about how teeth, gums and bacteria work. They explained the insurance loop holes which is probably the most valuable part aside from the actual dental work. They worked with me every step of the way and I really, really appreciated it. Everyone was nice and welcoming and I didn’t even wait long. I’ll be back as long as I still live in Houston and probably when I move. Good dentists are hard to find!
Chelsea Edwards
Chelsea Edwards
18:46 05 Dec 19
You can tell the staff like to work there which makes a HUGE difference in customer service. Also, I’ve never seen high quality photos of my teeth before. It puts the importance of oral care into perspective, and the hygienist took the time to give realistic (not redundant) tips for improvement. I’m excited about going back and showing off the results of what I learned!
Jona Garcia
Jona Garcia
17:17 26 Nov 19
Definitely recommended! The best dental appointment I have ever had! Everyone is very professional and very accommodating. Everyone is very educational. They really know what they’re doing. Nice ambiance! Kudos to the whole Urban Dental Uptown team!
Mary Maloney
Mary Maloney
17:17 23 Nov 19
I recently moved to Houston and was due for a cleaning. The office is so nice, and it’s SO convenient that they’re open on certain Saturdays. I received very thorough treatment, detailed recommendations, and felt comfortable. Very happy I found my dentist in my new city!
Ayed Al-Dossari
Ayed Al-Dossari
16:41 21 Nov 19
The staff does a great job at making you, the patient feel comfortable. They great personalities, very professional and take the time to explain to you what they have noticed about your teeth. I look forward to going back for my next checkup.
Katrina Ostrowicki
Katrina Ostrowicki
20:53 15 Nov 19
Very friendly, highly recommend! Very cool office and also the patients needs come first! I’m usually very nervous going to the dentist but they make it a good experience getting dental work done.
Susan Paul
Susan Paul
19:17 11 Nov 19
The best dental visit I ever had. I am one of those people who fear going to dentist and because of that I have ignored my teeth for a while (literally). But thank God, I found the best team of Dr. Bridget and the hygienist Angela. They both are so professional and excellent in their work. All the staff in the reception are also superbly competent and very friendly especially Juliet. The place is clean and hygienic in every way. I highly recommend this clinic to anyone for their dental care. S Paul
Zavier Lachica
Zavier Lachica
22:36 24 Oct 19
Most painless dental experience I’ve ever been too!!! Their bedside manner is 5 stars hands down!!! The staff, reception, hygienist and The Dentist were the best. I would recommend them to anyone and everyone!!!
T L
T L
18:00 18 Oct 19
I don’t write reviews but Kim definitely deserves one. With bad experiences at other places I didn’t go to the dentist for years but Kim reassured me I was in good hands. She was amazing and attentive from beginning to end. Without a doubt the most comfortable I’ve ever been at the dentist. I never thought I’d say this but I can’t wait until the next time I get my teeth cleaned!
MOHSSINE RHAZI
MOHSSINE RHAZI
22:18 07 Oct 19
I would like to extend my deepest thanks and pride for an excellent service I received today from the best staff Dr. Brigitte, Angela, Melissa, and Maria. I would recommend this office and its excellent staff to anyone Looking for an excellent dentist. God bless
Kunzal Ahmed
Kunzal Ahmed
15:28 17 Sep 19
They took care of me like I was their child 😭 Follow and everything! They’re so easy to talk to and theirs no judgment from them whatsoever! I can finally say I have found my dentist ❤️
Angelina Lewis
Angelina Lewis
12:58 17 Sep 19
I am so happy I found URBN Dental. In 27 years I had never been shown the correct way to floss. Crazy, I know! They have an outstanding attention to detail and making sure patients are provided with proper and accurate dental hygiene knowledge. Honestly the best cleaning I’ve ever had!!
Daniela Garza
Daniela Garza
19:33 09 Jul 19
Loved the service and the in-depth personalized advice they give you! The staff is great and very knowledgeable. The location and atmosphere is modern and state of the art! Loved it 👍
Elva Koehn
Elva Koehn
22:11 17 Jun 19
I went in after having procrastinated for years because of my dental phobia. From the moment I walked in to their office, I felt at ease. The dental assistant, hygienist and Dr. Bridget made me feel so at ease and explained everything they were doing, every step of the way. I’ve never had such a great dental experience, as I did today. Highly recommend.
Nijah Watson
Nijah Watson
21:52 31 May 19
Best dentist office visit ever! Not only are the staff charismatic, they are very knowledgeable too. They took the time to go over my X-rays with me and made sure I understood what everything was, down to the payment options. They did not rush my exam at all. There was no wait time from the moment I walked in the door to the moment my exam was completed. The office itself lives up to its name with the urban decor. It is also very clean. I would recommend anyone to come here if you're looking for competent, patient, and kind dentist and staff!
Eduardo Mora
Eduardo Mora
19:53 22 May 19
I went in today and they really made me feel comfortable. The staff was extremely friendly and you can tell they make customer service a priority. They made sure the music playing was to my liking and made sure I was comfortable in my chair. The dentist was very knowledgeable and explained the whole process to me in a way that I can understand. I don't like going to the dentist, I don't know anyone that does, but I am glad I went to URBN Dental and wold recommend it to anyone looking for a dentist.
Hilary Rochelle
Hilary Rochelle
20:52 08 May 19
I’m so impressed with Urban Dental. Went having sever pain. New patient! The staff and dentist were amazing . So warm and caring. I will continue coming here for all dental needs. Completely satisfied in every way .
Ryan Zhen
Ryan Zhen
22:28 07 May 19
Just a few days after a visit with Dr. Bridget and I already feel the positive effects on my dental hygiene. She gave helpful and practical tips to brushing and flossing to make my routine more enjoyable. Everyone at URBN Dental Uptown was attentive and courteous to my needs from handling the insurance/financials to ensuring a pain/mess-free cleaning and filling. Looking forward to returning with improved dental health!
Lemond Deleo
Lemond Deleo
20:08 29 Apr 19
The staff here is extremely friendly and professional. From the very beginning, the staff greeted me with kindness and respect. My paperwork was filled out within 15 minutes and afterwards, the dentist called me back almost immediately. So the wait time for my first appointment was basically non-existent. I’m not sure if it’s normally like this or if it’s just a coincidence. Regardless, it was very nice to see the staff and dentists in perfect sync with servicing the customers as quickly and efficiently as possible. My first appointment here was primarily because I had a painful sensation on the bottom right of my tooth. It turned out to be a cavity as I expected. The dentist explained the procedure for a filling and I agreed to go through with it on my next appointment. Thank you for an honest experience that resulted in me learning what the problem with my tooth was.
Jennifer Bell
Jennifer Bell
19:59 29 Apr 19
Very satisfied with my recent experience at this dentist. As a first time customer, I walked in with low expectations, since I find this mentality to be effective for softening the blow if it turns out to be a disappointing service. Well, it turned out to be above average service from the staff at the front desk and the dentists themselves. They are all very professional and the dentists working here are patient when it comes to answering questions. I felt fully fulfilled after leaving the dental office. I’ll definireky be back.
Julia Bleck
Julia Bleck
14:21 05 Apr 19
I've never been to a more thorough and comprehensive dental appointment as the one at URBN Dental! They went over all of the photos and x-rays with me in detail to help explain all of the issues I had, and it's the first time I fully feel like I understand why I need to floss more consistently. They taught me how to properly floss and brush, and I even got a new electric toothbrush with my appointment. Would definitely recommend.
Rachel Richardson
Rachel Richardson
17:30 26 Mar 19
I was immediately greeted by friendly faces when i came in! Online scheduling and patient paperwork made it so easy to get an appointment with no waiting to go back to the room. Every person of staff from front desk, hygienist to dentist introduced themselves to me and took the time to explain everything they were doing. I’ve never had a dentist actually sit down and explain the biology behind flossing, bone health, nerve health etc. it was great to feel like I was being taken care of by true professionals. They were also very explanatory of exactly what my insurance covered and the cost breakout of all of my services. I would recommend this office to any of my friends and family.
Margarita Muro
Margarita Muro
01:28 21 Feb 19
The URBN Dental office is very beautiful! It is modern with natural wood and emerald green elements. I went in for my regular cleaning and exam after looking up 5+ dental offices in the area. I recently moved to uptown and am extremely happy to have found URBN Dental. The Hygienist, Angela, did not only give my advice in regards to my dental hygiene techniques, she educated me which made me more eager to go home and carry out my new routine. Dr. Bridget was very kind, answered all my questions, and gave me a great referral for my wisdom teeth extractions. I will be returning for all of my preventative and general dental needs!
Trisha Hinojosa
Trisha Hinojosa
18:30 07 Oct 18
Very friendly staff who put up with my inane sense of humor. The entire team team spoke with me 1:1, including: Dental assistants, hygienist, dentist, and insurance admin (explained everything to me in detail including how my insurance works). They explained my x-rays to me, the effects of flossing correctly / incorrectly. I feel like they gave me the education I didn't get as a child on how to care for my mouth, and why it's important. I was doing good stuff for my oral health-- just not correctly or with a positive attitude. GREAT aftercare package.
Ji H Oh
Ji H Oh
15:19 22 Sep 18
I am usually scared of going to the dentist for my annual cleaning but I was completely blown away by the amazing customer service from the staff. Julia was extremely helpful and explained my dental coverage and out of pocket costs. Angela did an exceptional job explaining to me about the importance of dental hygiene and actually taught me how to floss properly. The office was extremely clean and upscale. Dr. Bridget was very sweet and great bedside manners. She explained everything about the treatment plan in a very thorough and concise manner. I was extremely impressed by everyone on the office and I cant wait to come back for my next appointment.
Joshua Parra
Joshua Parra
02:17 14 Sep 18
From start to finish great experience. Impeccably clean office, high tech tools, & friendly staff. Went to get my top teeth contoured/shaped. They did a Hollywood star job! I now, have a flawless smile. I even went back the next day for a touch-up on one tooth & they took care of it, graciously. If you want quality cosmetic dentistry inside the loop; look no further. These folks are the best in class.
Death Morgulis
Death Morgulis
16:23 12 Sep 18
Great place for all your dental needs. Very inviting and friendly staff. They are very knowledgeable and passionate about the work they do. I've been looking for a good dentist for awhile while neglecting my oral health, but now I think I've found my place. 10/10 would come back for a follow-up appointment.
Bianca Anderson
Bianca Anderson
17:05 05 Sep 18
Very friendly staff. The hygienist's were so knowledgeable and really took the time to teach you about your teeth, they gave my husband and I "homework" to improve our oral health. Love it! Angela was great, great sense of humor (made me laugh a lot) and very professional. Awesome job Nicole, very friendly and took the time to answer all the questions we had (love she was recommending eateries for hubby to take me :). Julia was great at the front counter very lively and knowledgeable as well. They all really took the time and customized everything for us. Able to get free electric toothbrushes but didn't have any in stock.
Michelle Campbell
Michelle Campbell
19:53 20 Jun 18
Excellent service. Great first impression! Best cleaning I've had in several years, my mouth feels amazing. They even took the time to show me how to brush more effectively. My teeth are back to being pearly white. They were very knowledgeable in regards to my insurance and I've had no issues. The service there is impeccable!
Allie Hackett
Allie Hackett
18:47 19 Jun 18
I am not the biggest fan of the dentist, however this was the BEST dentist experience I have ever had! Everyone was so kind and I got everything I needed done in one visit! They provided super helpful insight about what was going on with my teeth and took care of everything I needed quickly. I will absolutely be returning! 🙂
Andrea Andrea
Andrea Andrea
17:15 20 May 18
Love the location, the dentist AND the staff. Everyone there is awesome. It's rare that I leave a dentist office feeling just as good as when I arrive. I was sad I didn't get to see Snickers, but all in all I had a great experience my first time here. Glad to finally have a new "home" dentist since moving to Texas.
Andrew Nguyen
Andrew Nguyen
14:17 10 May 18
Beautiful location and office. Very friendly and welcoming staff! I had a great time conversing with them about movies and music. Dr. Nguyen and his staff were very knowledgeable and stressed the importance of making sure the patient knew what their game plan was. The office is very high tech as well so it was super cool to know that I was getting the latest tech being use on me.
Nonna Beetge
Nonna Beetge
14:21 24 Apr 18
The staff is wonderful, very friendly and informative. I love how they not only take X-rays, but also photos of all your teeth and put them on the big screen. They spent as much time as I needed to go over each area and explain specifics of each tooth. I definitely have a greater understanding of what is going on in there and what I need to do. I also love their space, it has a calming vibe with all kinds of artwork on display. You almost feel like you’re not at the dentist! Thank you all so much, I look forward to seeing you all again! (Said no one to their dentist 😉 )
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PATIENT TESTIMONIALS

Our patients love being treated at our locations, with consistent 5-star ratings across the board.
See what they have to say about our dentists and dental team.

I can honestly say I had the best experience at URBN Dental. I am new in town and had a emergency. The staff was able to get me in asap and took very good care of me. Everyone worked as a team to ensure that all my needs were meet. I felt important! I was treated as if I was the only patient in the office. I found my Dental home!

The staff here is extremely friendly and professional. From the very beginning, the staff greeted me with kindness and respect. My paperwork was filled out within 15 minutes and afterwards, the dentist called me back almost immediately.

Very knowledgeable and informative, explaining all your x-ray and imagery and in creating a course of treatment. The staff is friendly and definitely concerned with their patients. Comfortable environment.

I am not the biggest fan of the dentist, however this was the BEST dentist experience I have ever had! Everyone was so kind and I got everything I needed done in one visit!

Excellent service. Great first impression! Best cleaning I’ve had in several years, my mouth feels amazing. They even took the time to show me how to brush more effectively. My teeth are back to being pearly white.

They were very prompt and professional. I felt very comfortable in the visit. They have good exam specials without any hidden fees. I have found me a permanent dentist office. Thanks URBN staff.

URBN Dental provided great service and they were all so nice. They did a great job communicating with me and i would recommend to all.

I had a root canal and a crown done here, the entire process took about an hour. Will be back in 2 weeks for my final crown! Great doctor, great staff.


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