Just like many adults, you have a routine. You rise, you grab a cup of joe, and you make your way through your personal hygiene routine. From there, you’re out the door and ready to start the day.

Let’s rewind to the hygiene part, and discuss your habits for your dental care. What’s it like?

Are you one of those people that have their coffee before or after they brush? What type of toothpaste do you use? Are you using an electric brush or a regular one? How often are you getting your teeth professionally cleaned? These are all questions that matter when it comes to your dental care habits and what matters most is that you’re using the proper techniques and keeping up good habits, rather than bad ones. Here is a list of tips and tricks from our dentist in Caledonia to make sure you’re taking care of your teeth in the best possible way.



This is one of the most important aspects of your oral hygiene. Knowing how to do it right and how often is something all adults should know, but do you? Here is what you need to know about brushing your teeth.

Brush a minimum of twice per day.

You probably knew that, but did you know that might not be quite enough? If you have a highly acidic diet or consume a lot of sugar, it’s better to brush three times a day. If you have a soda or candy, it’s best practice to brush after consuming things high in sugar. It’ll help better protect your teeth from cavities.

Brush for Two Minutes

This is the best way for you to thoroughly clean every inch of your mouth. Set a timer for two minutes while you’re brushing to make sure you hold yourself to it. It can seem like a long time while you’re doing it, so feel free to rinse and continue on until the time is up.

Brush In Circular Motions

Getting the right technique down is just as important as brushing enough. Bad techniques can leave plaque and tartar on your teeth, allowing germs to fester and cause bad breath, cavities, and gingivitis. Small circular motions reach more and the repeated motion can ensure that you’re getting the proper cleaning, especially when you’re brushing for two minutes!

Always Brush in the Mornings

They say to brush twice a day, once in the morning, and once at night. But while we sleep, our mouths are collecting germs, and because we’re often dehydrated when we wake up, it’s important to make sure you’re cleaning your teeth after a long night of rest. Clear out the germs that built up and avoid bad breath on your way to work. If there’s a time to never skip brushing, it’s when you wake up.

Keeping up with the proper brushing techniques is important for maintaining great oral health, and the next time you make a visit to our dental office in Caledonia, you can impress your dentist with your beautiful pearly whites and healthy gums.

If you’re in need of dental care, don’t hesitate to call Schweichler Dental Care. Set up an appointment for a cleaning and much more.