Tooth brushing is a habit that has become second nature to most people,
and it is easy not to think about it. Many people may be brushing their
teeth the wrong way and not even know it. Make sure you are taking the
best care of your teeth by reviewing our list of top tooth brushing tips.
Make sure you have the right toothbrush. A soft-bristled tooth brush is best to protect tooth enamel and gums.
Stiffer bristles may be too harsh, especially if you have a tendency to
brush too hard. If you are wondering whether it is better to go with an
electric toothbrush or a manual, it is largely a matter of preference.
If you have difficulty reaching all areas of your teeth, an electric model
might be right for you.
Work on your technique. The ideal way to brush is to hold your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle
and make short, up-and-down strokes. Be sure to brush all areas of your
teeth, especially hard-to-reach back molar areas, and your tongue.
Brush for at least two minutes twice a day. Many people fall short of the two minute rule. Try dividing your mouth
into four quadrants and spending 30 seconds on each. Do not over brush,
however; this could lead to sore gums and other issues. Also, try to switch
up your technique. Start brushing in different areas each time you brush
to avoid becoming bored with your routine and brushing less thoroughly
Brush enough, but not too much. Brushing two to three times a day is ideal, but more than this might
actually be counterproductive. Over brushing could cause tooth enamel
and gum tissue to wear away, exposing you to further dental problems.
Also, remember to use a light touch. It doesn’t take aggressive
brushing to remove plaque.
Keep your sweet tooth and sour cravings under control. Foods and beverages with high amounts of acid can have a seriously damaging
effect on the enamel of your teeth, including fruit juices, coffee, candies,
and sodas. If you do indulge in something sugary or acidic, wait at least
half an hour before you brush to give your saliva a chance to wash away
the acid and re-harden softened enamel. Brushing immediately after eating
or drinking an enamel-softening food could make enamel wear away faster.
Choose the right toothpaste. Whitening toothpaste is great for brightening your smile, but these products
can be harsh and could end up damaging teeth. It is best to use a regular
toothpaste containing fluoride. If you have sensitive teeth, there are
many brands of toothpaste available to help alleviate symptoms.
Keep your toothbrush clean. Always rinse your brush after use to keep germs and extra toothpaste
at bay. Also, avoid storing your toothbrush in a case where it will stay
wet for a long time; a moist brush is more likely to grow bacteria. After
rinsing with water, allow it to air dry upright in a toothbrush holder,
not on the counter.
Replace your toothbrush regularly. It is recommended that you replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months.
Toothbrushes with broken or frayed bristles are not as effective at removing
plaque. Once you notice these signs in your toothbrush, it is time to
get a fresh one.
With regular and correct brushing, you can enjoy a healthy smile for years to come.
Is it time to schedule your semi-annual cleaning? Contact our San Diego
dentist at Advanced Dentistry & Implant Center today to
make an appointment: (858) 348-5859.