BRUSHING OUR TEETH is something we do everyday. And yet it’s easy to fall into a routine
of bad habits if we’re not careful! Developing correct brushing
techniques and sticking to them is crucial to the health and appearance
of your smile.
Use the right technique. Tilt the brush at a 45-degree angle against the gum line and brush using
small circles. This method is the most gentle and effective way to remove plaque!
Brush for the correct amount of time. Proper brushing takes at least two minutes! To make sure you brush for
the right amount of time, use a stopwatch or listen to your favorite song
while brushing. When deciding how much time to spend brushing your teeth,
the important thing to remember is that it’s not about a prescribed
amount of time, it’s about cleaning all the surfaces of your teeth.
Brush morning and night. Brushing your teeth should be an absolutely essential part of your daily
and nightly routine. It’s also important to avoid midnight snacking!
Sleeping directly after eating significantly raises your risk for cavities.
Replace your brush. The ADA recommends buying a new toothbrush every 3-4 months. Over time,
the bristles of the toothbrush wear down and become less effective at
removing plaque and bacteria. It’s also important to swap out your
toothbrush after being sick, otherwise the germs from your illness may
Don’t put yourself at risk for gum recession. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and refrain from aggressive brushing. Brushing
with a hard-bristled toothbrush or using excessive force while brushing
can slowly cause gums to recede, exposing the root of the tooth and leading
to sensitivity. Not fun!
Don’t brush immediately after eating. Wait at least 30 minutes after you’ve eaten to brush your teeth.
When you eat, bacteria produce acid that temporarily weakens the enamel.
Brushing too soon after eating, especially acidic foods, can damage the
enamel in its weakened state. After eating, it’s best to rinse your
mouth out with water or chew sugarless gum to increase saliva production.
These measures will help to wash away bacteria without damaging your teeth!
Don’t ignore the rest of your mouth. Especially your tongue! Did you know that 90 percent of bad breath is
due to a dirty tongue? That’s why it’s so important to thoroughly
brush the tongue or use a tongue scraper.
Don’t underestimate the importance of visiting your dentist. No matter how well you brush, biannual visits to your dentist are imperative
to keeping your smile radiant and healthy! Professional cleanings and
checkups are the easiest way to avoid dental problems in the future.
Little Things Can Make A Big Difference!
What you do everyday has an effect on the health and beauty of your smile.
We hope these little tips will make a big difference in your oral hygiene routine!
Our patients mean the world to us!
Disclaimer: The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute
for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek
the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding