You’ve heard your entire life that you need to brush twice and floss every day. But have you ever stopped to consider if you are brushing correctly? As it turns out, there are bad ways to brush as well as recommended ways. If you want to have a successful dental check up and healthy teeth, use these tips to help you get there:
Pick the Right Brush
If you think that large, hard bristled toothbrush you got from your last dentist is the right fit for you, think again. Your enamel deserves to be treated gently. Pick a soft bristled brush of a medium size to get the most effective cleaning. If you have an electric toothbrush, pick a soft bristled brush head. Other amenities like a large brush tip, angled head, or a tongue cleaner are great perks, but aren’t strictly necessary.
Pick the Right Toothpaste
There are a ton of options at the grocery store: mint, striped, whitening, tartar control, complete care, etc… Check for an ADA approved toothpaste, especially if you’re looking for a whitening brand. Otherwise, a complete care brand will help keep your teeth clean and your breath fresh.
Move the Right Way
The point of brushing your teeth is to sweep away plaque and prevent it from building up on your teeth and under your gums. If you are brushing using a crosswise motion on the fronts of your teeth, you won’t be very effective. Save your across motions for the bite surface of your teeth, paying close attention to the back of your molars. An up and down or circular motion at about a 45 degree angle is the best way to brush the fronts and backs of your teeth.
Think your 30 second brush is sufficient? Think again. Brushing helps to eliminate bacteria that cause cavities and bad breath. But in order to really do the job, you need to keep brushing for 2 whole minutes!
Finish With Floss
Every time you brush, you should floss as well. Use a length of floss or an individual flosser to get between teeth. Floss cleans the spaces between teeth and the space between your teeth and gums. Not only will you be able to remove that piece of apple from between your teeth, you’ll be preventing that bacteria from setting in and causing gum disease.
Keeping your teeth healthy is not a difficult task, and we hope that these suggestions help you. When you come in for your six month appointment, you’ll see a difference. If you haven’t scheduled your next check up, contact Pier Dental Centre to set an appointment.