Covering The Brushing Basics

October 20, 2016

Are you certain that you’re checking off all the boxes when making your way through your brushing checklist? If not, you may discover you’re overlooking some simple yet impactful aspects of dental hygiene, which can lead to a healthy smile or one that experiences bouts of decay and other problems. We encourage you to review your brushing every now and again just to be sure you’re on top of the details. You’ll be happy you spent a few extra minutes that can save you time, effort, and money in the long term.

Is Your Brush Too Old?

If your toothbrush is older than four months, it’s time for it to go. Yes, even if it still looks brand new!

Are The Bristles Too Hard?

If your bristles aren’t soft, it’s time to move on to a new way of thinking: Your dental hygiene can only be safe and effective if you choose bristles that are soft. The firm ones can cause oral health damage.

Are You Happy With Your Brush?

Do you like your brush? Is it a good fit for your dental hygiene? If not, it’s okay to deem one brush unacceptable and to test additional options out until you’re pleased.

Do You Want To Try Something Else?

Are you tired of your manual brush? An electric brush is perfectly acceptable and often more beneficial, so give it a go.

Are You Brushing Frequently (And Long) Enough?

Brushing must take place twice daily. You should be brushing your smile in the morning for two minutes. Then, you should brush it again in the evening for two minutes.

Are You Thorough?

If you’re not thorough with your dental hygiene, you’re leaving plaque behind that can cause problems like tooth decay. Pay close attention to using your brush to clean each tooth (and every surface you can manage).


At Lake Orion Family Dentistry, Dr. Brad Greenfield works to improve patients’ wellbeing, as well as their oral health, and he is proud to offer holistic, 100% metal-free dentistry. To learn more, or to schedule a dental appointment, call our office in Lake Orion, MI, today at 248-693-6213. We proudly welcome patients and families from around Lake Orion, MI, as well as Auburn Hills, Rochester Hills, Clarkston, Oxford, all surrounding communities.

Our Services

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General Dentistry

General dental care provides preventive services along with feedback about your oral health. We provide important oral health reviews for patients of all ages.

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Advanced Dentistry

The right solution for an active oral health issue can give you more confidence in your smile along with the support to bite and chew comfortably.

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Children’s Dentistry

We strive to make every visit comfortable for the kids who depend on us, and we provide reviews and protection that helps you keep them safe from oral health threats.

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Cosmetic Dentistry

We offer conservative, lasting solutions to the flaws that rob people of confidence in the way they look when they speak and smile.