You’ve been doing it since you were five. You switch to auto pilot morning and night and get it over with. But at the Carrollton Dentist, we wonder: are you doing it the right way?
Actually, many people are making tooth brushing mistakes. You may need to tweak your routine to better benefit your oral health and protect your smile from decay and gum disease.
Here are vital 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 rapidly you finish. The process should take at least two minutes. It can also be beneficial to take a different route around your mouth every few days. By adjusting your system, you approach areas from a different, and possibly, better angle.
2. Don’t forget to floss.
No matter how agile you can be with your brush, it’s all but impossible to get rid of the plaque from all those narrow gaps between your teeth. That is where dental floss comes in; it reaches the bacteria and food debris between teeth.
3. Use the right toothbrush.
It is ironic that some people hurt their enamel or gums because they brush too forcibly with an inflexible brush. We recommend using a soft-bristled 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 horrible to think about, but each time the toilet is flushed, bacteria is sent far 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 children. Not true. Your enamel is constantly under assault from acidic foods and drinks and fluoride helps it remineralize.
The The Carrollton Dentist, we want all of our patients to enjoy excellent dental health. We offer general and restorative dentistry, and a wide range of additional services. Schedule an appointment with us today!
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