At St. Clair Dental, the most significant routine we emphasize to keep teeth healthy is brushing them. Brushing your teeth should be your morning and evening oral hygiene routine, and by brushing them twice a day, you can effectively prevent the onset of cavities and diseases. However, there’s one aspect of brushing that most people are not aware of, or most often forget: there are guidelines to brushing your teeth, and these guidelines, no matter how small, can make a huge difference in your cleanliness. According to the ADA, it recommends not only that people brush their teeth twice a day, but when a person brushes, their toothbrush should be tilted at a 45-degree angle, accessing both the tooth and gum line. The brush should remove debris from every surface, including the back of the teeth and on the chewing surfaces. Another aspect to notice when brushing is the tongue because bacteria can accumulate over time and cause bad breath.
Did you know…
The type of toothbrush you use will make a massive difference to your oral health. The ADA recommends soft-bristled brushes due to its ability to clean off plaque without causing abrasions to the tooth enamel and gum line. The head of the toothbrush should be proportioned to the inside of your mouth, and replacing the toothbrush at least four times a year can help replace frayed bristles and prevent bacteria from forming on the old toothbrush.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I have good brushing habits?
If you’ve been experiencing poor oral hygiene, then you may need to take more time to brush your teeth. Common signs of bad hygiene include bleeding gums, plaque build-up, decaying teeth, and receding, reddening gum lines. Contact Dr. Karl today to schedule a consultation.
What can I notice from correcting my brushing habits?
When you brush your teeth, you’ll be able to notice some significant differences over the next few weeks. Your teeth will appear brighter, your gums will appear light pink and strong, and you’ll have less odor from your breath.
What else do I need to do besides brush properly?
Floss daily and use toothpaste that contains fluoride. You should also schedule a dental exam with Dr. Karl at least twice a year at St. Clair Dental.