We all have something in common. We brush our teeth. Usually once or twice a day. Let’s go back to when you learned how to brush your teeth. Did you teach yourself or did someone else teach you? I’m sure you don’t remember (or at least I don’t remember) so I wanted to take us on a trip back down the “brushing basics” to make sure we are all brushing our teeth properly.
Pick the right brush. I have talked about various types of toothbrushes in previous blogs but one of the most important things to keep in mind is that you need a nice and gentle brush to use. I like the soft bristles. It’s a common mistake that people select harder bristles and think it will help “scrub” their teeth clean but it’s quite the opposite. You want a nice and gentle brush to clean your teeth! Another tip – remember to replace your brush every 3 months (approximately). You want your brush to be clean!
Pick the right paste. There are so many various types of toothpastes on the market so pick the type that suits your teeth and your taste. Some people like paste, some like gel, some like mint and some like a berry flavor, just pick a paste that’s “ADA” approved (American Dental Association) and go for it!
Pick the right time. I would recommend brushing your teeth twice a day, typically in the morning and in the evening before bed. It’s OK to brush your teeth after particularly sugary meals but don’t over brush. This can weaken the enamel that covers your teeth.
Use the right motion. When you brush, trying to use a circular motion with the soft bristled brush I mentioned earlier. Using circles vs brushing back and forth horizontally is better for your teeth.
Brush lightly around your gums. Our gums are delicate and if they are brushed too many times in a downward motion, it can cause your gums to recede and will ultimately cause sensitive areas. Your takeaway…just be gentle around your gums.
Don’t forget to floss. After every brushing. Don’t forget to floss. Your teeth, gums and dentist will thank you!
I hope that you can keep these basics in mind when you go to brush your teeth next time. If you have any questions or any concerns about how you are brushing your teeth, please come in and see us.
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