Many people don’t realize there is a right and a wrong way to brush. The correct tools and technique can have a profound difference on the health of your teeth and gums. For questions and concerns about possible mistakes you may be making, a conversation with your dentist will provide the guidance for you and your family to follow.
The Right Tools Can Make a Huge Difference
You have so many choices when it comes to toothbrushes … the important thing to remember is that a soft bristle toothbrush is a far better choice than medium or hard bristles. Look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance for safety and assurance that you are making a good choice.
Since brushing for two minutes twice daily is recommended, you might consider investing in an electric toothbrush. A timer signals when you’ve brushed for two minutes. An extra advantage is that their rapid vibration does all the work for you – just guide it to make sure you reach all surfaces.
Make sure you replace your toothbrush every three months or sooner if you notice bristles have broken down.
Use a fluoridated toothpaste for maximum protection against dental decay.
Other Do’s and Don’ts
Never scrub your teeth employing a back and forth sawing motion. Use a circular motion brushing teeth one section at a time.
Want to brush immediately following eating? You’re better off swishing your mouth with water and waiting at least 30 minutes to brush. If you’ve eaten anything that softened your enamel and brush right away, you could be damaging this covering designed to protect your teeth.
Where do you store your toothbrush? Most likely you keep it in the bathroom where unsanitary conditions likely exist. But putting a wet toothbrush in a closed container is not a good idea as bacteria can grow. Your toothbrush should be allowed to air dry following each use. Best to store your toothbrush segregated from others (never allow toothbrushes to touch each other) and keep as far away from the commode as possible.
Brushing twice a day is important to help reduce plaque and tartar formation on teeth. Tartar can lead to dental decay and the potential for developing gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease. Make sure you are visiting our dentist at Fresh Leaf Dental every six months (or as recommended) to maintain optimum oral health.