It is an activity that most of us partake in daily: the act of brushing our teeth. Yet, while we go through our daily routine, we don’t usually think we could be doing it better. In addition, most of us are still half-asleep when we go through our morning motions. So, how do you know if you are utilizing best practices for brushing your teeth? We have compiled some tips for you below.
All the Right Moves
The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time, but that doesn’t mean just sticking a toothbrush in your mouth and mindlessly brushing the same spot for those two minutes. As is with most things in life, it is quality over quantity. You can brush your teeth for five minutes every time, but you could still be prone to cavities and tooth decay unless you are using the proper technique. So, what is the best practice for brushing your teeth for those two minutes?
- Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and begin at the gum line.
- Brush in tiny circles, making sure to contact the entire surface of each tooth.
- Brush clockwise in the front and make sure to reach every tooth, even the harder-to-reach molars in the back. As you head back to the front of your mouth, switch your toothbrush to the back and follow the same circular path back to where you started.
Get the Seal of Acceptance
Toothbrushes and toothpaste, in general, are not expensive. However, be sure to splurge when getting the best toothbrush and toothpaste for the job. We recommend getting a soft-bristled toothbrush to ensure you will not damage your enamel. In addition, be sure to use a dentist-recommended toothpaste that includes fluoride. The ADA has a list of these products that have earned their ‘Seal of Acceptance.’ Whether you need toothpaste that is anti-cavity or extra whitening, you can find that list here.
When in Doubt, Throw it Out
Toothbrushes can be great homes for bacteria. If you have recently gotten over a virus, it is essential to throw out your toothbrush and buy a new one. In addition, discarding old toothbrushes every 3-4 months will help keep you healthy. Finally, be sure to store your toothbrush upright in a place with good airflow to eliminate the potential for bacteria growth.
Consult a Professional
Brushing your teeth may seem like a simple task, but it is an activity that affects your entire body! Making sure you are utilizing best practices for brushing your teeth can have dramatic results on your health. By scheduling an appointment with a dentist two times per year, you can see whether or not your brushing techniques have been up to par. If not, your dental provider will provide you with the best tips and tricks for your mouth. When it comes to good oral health, prevention is the key. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at Aurora City Dental for your next appointment or if you have additional questions about brushing or dental issues.