You’ve been doing it since you were five. You switch to auto pilot morning and night and get it over with. But are you doing it correct? The Richardson Dentist has a few tips.
You might find it surprising, but many people make mistakes when brushing. You may need to tweak your routine to better benefit your oral health and guard your smile from tooth decay and gum disease.
Here are some tooth brushing tips:
1. Take your time.
It’s understandable. You want to get it over with and go to bed. Proper teeth cleaning takes time and careful attention. Time yourself the next time you brush—you might be surprised at how quickly you finish. The process should take at least two to three minutes. It can also be beneficial to take a different route around your mouth every few days. By changing your process, you approach areas from a different, and possibly, better angle.
2. Don’t forget to floss.
No matter how thorough you are with your brush, it’s all but impossible to get rid of the plaque from the narrow gaps between your teeth. That is where bacteria can easily multiply and start the decay process.
3. Use the right toothbrush.
It is ironic that some people hurt their enamel or gums because they brush too forcibly with a stiff brush. We advise patients to only use a soft brush. If you’ve had gum grafts, you may want to use an extra soft brush.
4. Don’t keep your tooth brush near the toilet.
This is unpleasant to think about, but each time the toilet is flushed, bacteria is sent into the air, even if you close the lid. Keep your toothbrush in a clean place and permit it to air dry.
5. Use fluoride toothpaste.
This may seem like a no-brainer but you may be surprised that some oral care products don’t contain fluoride. And you may think it’s only for babies. Not true. Your enamel is constantly under assault from acidic foods and drinks and fluoride helps it remineralize.
At The Richardson Dentist we want the best possible dental health for each of our patients. So brush and floss, and see us for regular checkups. Services include general and restorative dentistry. Call for an appointment today!
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