Brushing your teeth every day is important to your dental health. It helps get rid of harmful plaque that can build-up and cause tooth decay, gum disease and many other dental complications. But, are you brushing your pearly whites properly? Let’s find out:
How to Brush
To keep your teeth shining and healthy, it is best to brush them twice a day for two minutes. While brushing your teeth, be sure to hold the brush at a 45-degree angle and move the brush up and down in small circular motions. Brushing too hard will damage your enamel, making it thin and susceptible to tooth decay. Thus, be sure to take your time and be gentle!
Start by cleaning the outer then inner surfaces of your teeth, then the chewing surfaces and finish with brushing your tongue (this will help with bad breath). Make sure to brush the top of your gum line as well to help rid of bacteria that might cause a .
Make sure you wait at least 15 minutes after eating before brushing your teeth. This allows your tooth enamel to recover from the acid and harden, ready to be cleaned. If you feel like you have food stuck in your teeth after eating, rinse your mouth with water and you can also floss.
The Right Tooth Brush
When it comes to choosing your toothbrush, only reach for soft bristles. Hard bristles may seem better but it will only wear down your enamel. Further, be sure to pick a toothbrush that will reach all teeth surfaces. When you notice your toothbrush has become frayed or discolored, it’s time to get a new one! As a rule of thumb, it is always smart to change your brush every 3 months. Finally, keep your toothbrush out in the open air to prevent mold and bacteria from building up on the brush.
At Premier Dental Associates, your dental health is important to us. Properly brushing your teeth at home is a vital step to maintaining a healthy smile! Remember, be sure to visit us twice a year for regular cleanings to keep your teeth shining.
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