We all get into ruts when it comes to our daily routines, and brushing our teeth every day is a part of that. Our O’Fallon dentists have compiled this list of things to keep in mind when you are cleaning your smile.
Use the Right Tools:
- Bristles: toothbrushes come with various types of bristles. You want to pay attention to the firmness rating of the brush’s bristles. By using the softest bristles that are effective for your smile, you can avoid unnecessary enamel erosion and gum tissue damage.
- Age: toothbrushes don’t last forever! As your brush ages the bristles will become frayed and less effective at clearing away plaque. Plus, an older toothbrush can serve as a breeding ground for harmful oral bacteria. Try to replace your brush every three to four months for maximum efficacy.
- Frequency: it may seem like the more often you are able to brush your smile the better it is for your oral health. However, the truth is that brushing too often can actually damage your teeth and oral tissues. For most people, brushing once in the morning and once before bed will be sufficient; your dental team will let you know if you need to follow a different schedule.
- Duration: the general recommendation from the American Dental Association is that patients brush their smiles for at least two minutes. As you are getting used to this routine, it can be helpful to set a timer, so that you know you are hitting your two-minute goal.
- Technique: when you brush your smile, apply gentle pressure, and move your brush in small circular motions to buff away plaque. Using too much pressure or force on your smile can lead to enamel thinning and gum tissue recession.
If you have any additional questions, or you would like to schedule a personal consultation, just give our O’Fallon dentists a call!