You might think that you already know how to brush your teeth. You have probably been doing it every day for years. It never hurts to review the best toothbrushing practices, so you can keep your smile healthy and bright.
First, it’s important to brush your teeth twice per day. You should brush for two minutes every time you brush your teeth.
If you’re having a hard time brushing your teeth for the full two minutes, find a way to make this activity interesting. You might turn on your favorite song or watch a short video while you brush.
If you are brushing your teeth after a meal, you should wait 15 to 20 minutes. After you eat, there is the acid in your mouth. Using an abrasive toothbrush right after you eat can help the acid erode your teeth. If you don’t have time to wait 15 to 20 minutes, drink a glass of water before you brush your teeth.
When you’re choosing a toothbrush, a soft toothbrush is the best choice. The bristles on a soft toothbrush bend easily, so they can clean thoroughly around your gumline.
If you need help reaching the gum line, you can point your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle. It’s important to brush your gum line, as bacteria are often found between the gums and the teeth.
One time per day, you should focus on doing an excellent job with your dental hygiene. This includes brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash. This more intense cleaning will help to remove the bacteria.
If possible, you can do the full routine twice per day. One time per day is a great starting point and can have a positive impact on your overall dental health.
It’s recommended that you go to the dentist biannually. This allows the dentist to notice any dental issues you might be having.
At your dental exams and cleanings, our dentist might make additional toothbrushing recommendations for your specific needs. You may need to brush your teeth more frequently or use a different type of toothpaste.
If you’re looking for a dentist near you, contact Dr. Teeth Dental Care to schedule an appointment today.