Regular visits to the dentist cannot take the place of consistent and correct teeth brushing. It’s important to know that the wrong tools and incorrect technique can actually damage teeth and gums so become informed about the proper way to care for your teeth on a daily basis.
Facts to be Considered
Toothbrush: Use a soft bristle toothbrush. An electric toothbrush is a fabulous tool; you provide the guidance and let the rapid movement of the brush head do all the work.
Toothbrush Care: You need to replace your toothbrush every three to four months. Worn bristles are ineffective for proper and complete teeth cleaning. Also, where and how you store your toothbrush are important. Your toothbrush should be allowed to air out between uses so never keep in an enclosed place; do not allow your brush to touch anyone else’s; never share a toothbrush; and keep in mind where you are likely to brush your teeth – store your toothbrush as far away from the toilet as possible to prevent airborne particles from contaminating your toothbrush.
Brushing Technique: You should apply light pressure employing a circular motion cleaning a few teeth at a time. Never scrub teeth or use a sawing back and forth motion. This can result in premature gum erosion and damage to protective dental enamel.
When you brush is important. Many people like to brush after eating; this is fine as long as you have not consumed anything known to soften the enamel on your teeth. To be safe, rinse your teeth thoroughly after eating; wait sixty minutes to actually brush.
You should brush at least twice every day with a fluoridated toothpaste for two minutes each time you brush. Timing yourself is one way to know if you are brushing long enough; most electric toothbrushes have a built in timer that signals when you’ve brushed the recommended two minutes.
In addition to brushing, you will benefit from consuming a healthy diet (limit treats to special occasions); drink water in lieu of sugary drinks and soda; do not smoke or use tobacco in any form; and visit your dentist every six months for teeth cleaning and exam. Your chances of maintaining good dental health are greater if you follow these guidelines and adhere to the advice given by your dentist for brushing and flossing.
If it’s time to schedule your next visit, contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan today.