Tips for Brushing
Brushing is a very important daily habit. It helps you to keep your teeth, and your whole mouth, healthy, helping you to prevent several different oral health issues such as cavities and gum disease. However, it is not just about brushing but brushing properly. State Street Dental is here to help.
Pick the Right ToothbrushYou may have noticed that there is a wide selection of toothbrushes in the oral care aisle of your local store. So, which one do you choose? While the choice is mainly up to you, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, choose a toothbrush that has soft bristles. It would help if you also chose a toothbrush that feels comfortable in your hand and your mouth.
Brushing TechniqueThe way you brush makes a huge difference. Hold the bristles of your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against your gums. Brush your teeth in a circular motion, almost as if you are massaging them. It is also important to make sure that you do not brush too hard. Aggressive brushing can result in gum recession or cause wear on your tooth enamel. Apply gentle pressure when you brush.
Two Minutes Twice a DayYou should brush your teeth at least twice a day for two full minutes each time. Spend several seconds on each tooth. Make sure that you brush the fronts of your teeth, their backs, and the chewing surfaces. It is recommended that you brush in the morning and then again before bed. Brushing in the morning helps to remove bacteria and plaque that have accumulated while you were sleeping.
It also helps to give you a clean-feeling mouth and fresh breath before you start your day. Brushing before you go to bed helps to eliminate plaque and bacteria that have accumulated during the day, reducing the amount that will linger in your mouth as you sleep.
Timing is ImportantTiming is important when it comes to brushing. Do not brush immediately after eating. Instead, you should wait at least 15 minutes. The idea is to give the saliva in your mouth an opportunity to neutralize acids in your mouth. If you are in a hurry, drinking a glass of water before you brush can be helpful before you begin brushing.
Do Not Forget Your TongueYour teeth are not the only areas where plaque and bacteria can accumulate. These substances can also accumulate on your tongue and your gums. Brushing your tongue and your gums helps to remove more bacteria from your mouth. This is not just good for your oral health; it is also good for your breath.
When to Change Your ToothbrushIt is important to replace your toothbrush regularly. It is recommended that your toothbrush is replaced at least every 3 months. However, if you notice the bristles fraying before 3 months, replace it sooner. Frayed bristles mean your toothbrush will not be as effective and can increase your risk for oral health issues even if you brush twice regularly.
Proper brushing, when combined with flossing and routine dental care, can help to ensure optimal oral health. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to call State Street Dental today at (971) 332-3020.