Brushing your teeth: it’s more than likely a routine that you complete every day at least once without much thought. You put the toothpaste on the bristles, run the water over it briefly, and just brush for a seemingly interminable amount of time. But are your habits doing more harm than good to your teeth?
Here are our top dos and don’ts to help you properly brush your teeth:
*DO Use the Right Technique – It’s not enough to just stick your toothbrush in your mouth and move it back and forth. You should tilt the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the gum line and brush in small, gentle, circular motions. This is the most effective way to rid your mouth of bacteria and plaque!
DON’T Brush Too Hard – You might think that the harder you brush, the more plaque you’ll get off your teeth. This isn’t so; in fact, brushing your teeth too hard can actually cause a lot of damage to your teeth’s enamel and can cause your gums to recede! Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and, we repeat, brush gently!
DO Brush Long Enough – How long do you brush your teeth? You should take 2 minutes to brush your teeth properly. Doing so can help ensure that you’ve cleaned each side of each tooth in your mouth. Having trouble with the time? Use a stopwatch, look at the clock on the wall, or listen to a song while you’re brushing!
DON’T Brush Right After Eating – If you brush right after you eat, you may damage your teeth’s enamel. Be sure to wait at least 30 minutes after you eat to brush your teeth.
DO Floss Every Day – Aside from brushing your teeth twice a day, you should definitely floss once every single day. Brushing can help get rid of a lot of plaque and bacteria, but flossing can get in between all those hard-to-reach nooks and crannies. Don’t forget to floss!
DON’T Forget the Rest of Your Mouth – Your tongue can always use a nice scrubbing whenever you brush your teeth. It won’t just keep it clean, but it will also help knock out bad breath, which is a real plus!
DO Replace Your Toothbrush – The ADA recommends that you replace your toothbrush every 3 months. That’s because the bristles will wear down over time, making them less effective in removing the bacteria and plaque in your mouth.
DON’T Forget to Visit Us – Even if you’re the best brusher in the world, you still need to see us twice a year for a dental checkup and cleaning! Our cleanings and checkups can help you avoid serious dental problems down the road and can make your smile healthy and beautiful!
When you take the time to develop and maintain healthy oral hygiene habits, your smile will reward you and can last for many years to come! Make sure to request your next appointment with Foley Dental Group by calling (618) 288-0088 or by visiting us online at www.foleydentalgroup.com.