Valley Dental Associates
9199 Reisterstown Road, Suite 206B, Owings Mills, MD 21117

Optimize Your Toothbrush Time with 6 Indispensable Brushing Tips

Tooth Brushing

You may think brushing your teeth is a routine task you mastered long ago, but are you really removing enough bacteria and plaque to prevent expensive dental care bills? If not, you’d better research your local family dentistry resources, and find an affordable dentist in Owings Mills; improper brushing can lead to serious problems that require extensive dental work. Fortunately, you can prevent most common tooth and gum conditions with the proper dental care. The following tips can improve your chances of keeping your healthy smile intact.

6 Helpful Tooth Brushing Tips

  1. Be methodical. Divide your mouth into four quarters and spend equal time thoroughly brushing each of the four areas.
  2. Time yourself. Brush your teeth for at least two minutes each time you brush. If you rush through the tooth brushing process, plaque will remain.
  3. Choose a toothbrush with soft bristles in varying heights. Hard-bristled toothbrushes can damage enamel and gums. Bristles at different heights make it easier to clean between teeth and beneath gums.
  4. Try an electric toothbrush. Although manual brushing is highly effective, if you tend to rush, give an electric toothbrush a try. They require less physical effort and can be better for cleaning in between teeth.
  5. Floss daily. Don’t forget to floss daily; it’s the second command of proper dental care. Flossing reaches between your teeth where a toothbrush can’t reach.
  6. Replace your toothbrush every three months. A worn toothbrush with splayed bristles is much less effective.

Don’t Change a Good Routine

If you do intensive research on tooth brushing techniques, you’ll find several conflicting schools of thought. Some experts suggest brushing in a circular motion while others recommend an angled approach. Regardless of technique, the most important thing is getting good results. If your family dentistry team is happy with your dental care, it’s best to simply stick with what works. If there’s a problem, your dentist will be happy to make recommendations.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Owings Mills, call Valley Dental Associates today at (443) 898-1240 or make an appointment.

Valley Dental Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Owings Mills. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Valley Dental Associates, 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 Valley Dental Associates. 

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Patient Reviews
Valley Dental Associates has a great staff….they have always been friendly and accommodating to my needs. My first time there was a dental emergency, (I did have an actual first visit appointment […]
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Great experience with this office. The staff was really helpful in getting me in on a short notice. Dr. Challagulla is an excellent doctor, very attentive to patient’s needs and concerns. I usually […]
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Office staff is efficient & clinical staff is knowledgeable & take good care of my teeth & gums.
Bonnie W.
I was taken on time and I was out 1 hr later (which was the length of time I was told it would take)
Pearl Z.
Jennifer, my hygienist is wonderful! She was so gentle I barely knew she was there lol Great experience!!!
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Clean and professional atmosphere
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Very happy with the assistance and advice I received.
Eric W.
Excellent service and professionalism as usual. Very satisfied.
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Excellent service, from front desk to the dental chair.
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Great office an atmosphere.. Staff is great and Dr. Oppeheim made me feel very comfortable
Erica F.
High level of competence of Dr. Gorman and staff; caring manner and professional interactions.
Leslie G.
The dental tech was so knowledgeable, and proficient at cleaning my teeth, that I almost fell asleep!
Tracy T.
Everyone is so nice. The hygienist I had (Matt) was very patient with me, and cleaned my teeth gently. He was very personable. Dr. Gorman is always friendly, knows I don’t care to come to dentist […]
Michele S.
First time receiving care from that dentist. I’m impressed. . . he was awesome!
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I like Dr. Gorman
Elyse S.
Friendly staff. Wait time is short. Staff is knowledgeable and very courteous.
Jarie K.
I was in a great deal of pain and was able to be squeezed in imedialty! I have terrible anxiety about having any type of dental work done however, Dr. Gorman always takes the time to explain to me […]
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I’m happy with Dr. Gorman and the staff.
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The services are always stellar.
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Just went for a hygienist appointment. I had the best visit! No cavities and my teeth feel great. The staff is very friendly and helpful.
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Office Hours
  • Monday 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (443) 898-1240
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