Of all the dental health advice you may have heard, the proper brushing of your teeth is the aspect that most gives you control over your oral health. Teaching children at a young age how to brush properly is very important, and keeping it up throughout adulthood is the best way to keep a healthy set of teeth.
The reason for brushing your teeth properly is to get the best result from your efforts, which is the key to maintaining healthy teeth and also prevent gum disease. While poor brushing techniques are better, in most cases, than none at all, you won’t enjoy the results you are hoping for.
Here is some dental health advice regarding brushing:
Choose the right toothbrush – Look for the ADA seal. Choose one that is not too hard and that fits comfortably in your hand and in your mouth.
Take care of your toothbrush – Rinse it off after using and let it air dry in an upright position. You can use an alcohol soak (mouthwash works well for this too!) or dip in boiling water to keep it sanitized if you desire. Replace your toothbrush at least every 3 months or when you notice wear on the bristles. A worn brush can be germ-ridden and ineffective.
Brush at least twice a day – Brushing after every meal is even better, especially if you have eaten foods that are bad for your teeth. Take your time – at least three minutes with a gentle motion and intent focus on getting every part of each tooth.
For more great dental health advice in Lakeland, FL, call us to schedule an appointment with G.R. Sheumaker Jr. DDS. We’ll be glad to discuss the benefits of proper brushing and provide instructions on the best practices.