Gentle Dental of Shelby Township
4737 24 Mile Rd Suite 1, Shelby Township, MI 48316

Toothbrush Techniques-Essential Brushing Tips

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Are your brushing and flossing habits protecting your beautiful smile? If you want to enjoy a lifetime of great oral health, an effective and consistent dental care routine is essential. You’ve probably been practicing the same oral hygiene techniques for years. Over time, you may have adopted bad habits or forgotten important steps. If you’re not removing enough plaque when you brush and floss, you may eventually find yourself spending more time in your dentist’s chair. Don’t lose your natural smile because of simple flaws in your dental care routine.

Follow these tooth brushing tips from the American Dental Association to optimize your oral hygiene routine:

  1. Brush at least twice a day, spending at least two full minutes brushing all surfaces of your teeth.
  2. Choose an ADA-approved toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Your toothbrush should fit comfortably inside your mouth and reach every tooth surface.
  3. Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and target the area where your teeth meet your gums. Brush with gentle, short, back-and-forth strokes.
  4. Rinse your toothbrush with water after using and store it upright to air dry.
  5. Replace your brush every three to four months or when bristles are frayed.

More Dental Care Tips Recommended by Dentists

  • Floss daily using approximately 18 inches of dental floss. Slide the floss gently back and forth between your teeth and curve it against one tooth as it reaches the gum line.
  • To improve your dental care even more, add an antimicrobial mouth rinse to your routine or invest in an oral irrigation tool.

Early detection of dental problems can prevent gum disease and tooth loss. See an affordable dentist immediately if you notice symptoms like red, tender, or bleeding gums, loose teeth, tooth sensitivity, or persistent bad breath.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Shelby Township, call Gentle Dental of Shelby Township today at (248) 721-4086 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Shelby Township. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Michigan, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of Shelby Township, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of Shelby Township.

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The entire staff was extremely friendly and professional. I was comfortable the whole time.
Rachel K.
Friendly staff, Dentist very patient with me.
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Everyone is friendly and the service is superb.
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Phenomenal staff and service! Very happy with my experience!
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Professionalism and kindness of all staff members.
Meagan J.
Everyone that helped me was awesome. Friendly and caring. I would recommend highly. So glad i chose this office.
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James M.
The staff at Gentle Dental in Shelby Twp have been my dental professionals for over 20 years. The facility is extremely clean, the dentists are knowledgeable and friendly, Debi the dental hygienist […]
Michele C.
very nice and friendly. very good dentist and cleaning done for your teeth
Robert B.
Dr. STEFFENS is great ! She took her time in explaining the procedure that she was performing and did a excellent job. Deborah, the Hygienist is fantastic ! as well . The entire staff at the office […]
Michael S.
Debbie was amazing. She is nice and made my day. It was my first cleaning in this office and she did a great job. I look forward to seeing her again in the future. Thanks Debbie.
Ionut P.
Debbie is an awesome hygienist. She is a passionate about her job and it shows in the results. Kate and Joslyn are awesome too. Keep up the good work GD Shelby.
Mark M.
Great care and they don’t push unnecessary products or treatments. Just like my old family Dentist. Highly recommend.
Kay B.
Good service, short wait times, friendly staff
Deborah E.
Friendly and efficient staff
Don G.
I’ve been coming here for quite a few years and feel like they really care about my health and understand my fears about any pain I might be feeling.
Cynthia M.
Great service
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  • Monday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Saturday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Sunday Closed
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