Taking care of your mouth is important for preventing serious oral health issues like cavities and gum disease, keeping your mouth happy and healthy. Part of maintaining good oral health involves brushing. However, it is not enough to simply brush your teeth. Technique matters. The Elmwood Dental Group LLC can help.
The Importance of Proper Brushing
The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth at least twice a day. However, in addition to regular brushing, it is also important that you brush properly. Poor brushing habits can lead to missed areas of your teeth. Missing any sections of your teeth can lead to an accumulation of plaque and bacteria that can contribute to tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. Additionally, if you brush too hard, you can wear away protective tooth enamel as well as cause gum recession.
What Type of Toothbrush Is Right
There are some different types of toothbrushes available. Manual toothbrushes have bristles with different stiffnesses, soft, medium, and hard. It is often recommended that you choose a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid damage to your tooth enamel and gums. You can also choose an electric toothbrush as opposed to a manual toothbrush. An electric toothbrush can be beneficial for those who lack manual dexterity or for those with braces. Electric toothbrushes can also be a good idea for children, as it can often make brushing more fun.
Brushing Your Teeth
There is a technique for proper brushing. Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and use gentle back and forth motions to loosen plaque and bacteria from your teeth. Make sure that when you brush you brush all surfaces, not just the front portions. You should also be brushing the tops of your teeth as well as the backs. Your brushing should last at least two full minutes.
Taking Care of Your Tongue
While brushing your teeth is crucial for preventing cavities and gum disease, the teeth are not the only area where bacteria can accumulate. Your tongue is covered in tiny bumps called papillae. These papillae can hide bacteria and other debris that can just as easily contribute to oral health issues as well as bad breath. It is important that you brush your tongue after you have finished brushing your teeth. You could also invest a tongue cleaner.
Does the Type of Toothpaste I Use Matter?
There are multiple types of toothpaste available, all designed to accomplish different tasks. There is fluoride toothpaste, which helps to strengthen enamel and prevent cavities. There is also toothpaste that is made to help whiten teeth or to help alleviate tooth sensitivity. If you are unsure of what toothpaste you should be using, we can help you to determine the best type for your needs.
How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?
Your toothbrush should be replaced periodically. Typically, it should be done every 3 to 4 months. However, if the bristles are frayed before you reach three months, it should then be replaced. Frayed bristles decrease the effectiveness of your toothbrush. You should also replace your toothbrush after you have gotten over an illness such as cold to prevent reinfection.
Proper brushing ensures that your mouth remains healthy and your smile stays beautiful. If you have any questions about proper brushing techniques, do not hesitate to call The Elmwood Dental Group LLC today at (860) 331-8748.
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