Brushing your teeth every day is a necessary and important part of maintaining your oral health. Because we’ve all (hopefully) been brushing our teeth on our own since the ages of 5 or 6, we’d like to think we have a pretty good grasp of what’s involved in the process.
However, there are a few tips to try when brushing your teeth to give your smile that extra little wow-factor!
Tips On Proper Tooth Brushing
Be Gentle – Most people think that the harder they scrub their teeth with that toothbrush, the cleaner their teeth will be. However, scrubbing your teeth will only serve to weaken and damage your tooth enamel. Instead, hold your brush gently at a 45-degree angle and brush in a circular motion. This will clean your teeth even better than scrubbing them in a rough back-and-forth motion.
Set a Timer – In order to clean each tooth in your mouth, it’s been recommended that you brush for at least two minutes. Set the timer on your phone for two minutes, or hum through a song that lasts at least two minutes. There are plenty of ways to make sure you’re brushing for the proper amount of time each time you brush.
Update Your Equipment – As you use your toothbrush, bacteria will get trapped in the bristles and the bristles will begin to fray. Once this happens, your toothbrush will no longer work as effectively to rid your mouth of bacteria. We recommend changing out your toothbrush every 4-6 months, after you’ve been sick for a while, or once the bristles begin to fray; whichever of these comes first!
Chew Gum – Lastly, keeping a pack of sugar-free gum on hand is a great way to clean your mouth throughout the day. Gum will help remove any remaining food debris left in your mouth after lunch and can stimulate the flow of saliva, which helps rinse plaque off the teeth.
In the end, the best thing to do is to be consistent. Frantically brushing and flossing your teeth in the days before a dental checkup won’t do much. Instead, make sure that brushing and flossing twice a day is a part of your daily routine, and be sure to visit your regular dentist every six months for a cleaning and exam.
To speak with someone here at Endodontic Specialists, please contact one of our three locations in Colorado Springs and Pueblo, Colorado.