Do you rush the brush? You’re not alone. It’s easy to let our brushing quality slacken when trudging through our morning and evening routines. Who really wants to commit full brainpower to anything when they’ve either just rolled out of bed or retired from a long day at work? Few, that’s who.
Even when we manage to brush our teeth regularly, why does the dentist continue to find cavities? It may be that you’re technique, toothbrush or timing isn’t doing all it takes to keep your smile in top condition.
So what’s the trick? How can we make brushing our teeth an easy, and even enjoyable process, while still ensuring that our teeth remain clean and decay-free? Here are a few suggestions from Dr. Ingersoll and the staff here at Windsor Family Dentistry:
Successful Strokes: When you brush your teeth use short, gentle strokes contacting all surfaces, including the backside of your molars. Position your brush at a 45° angle against your gum line to ensure that you remove any plaque buildup along the base of your tooth.
Go Electric! Electric toothbrushes have been praised for years for their effectiveness at removing plaque and maintaining gum health. Most varieties utilize either a spinning mechanism or vibration to do the muscle work of brushing for you. All you need to do is guide the device gently over your teeth, carefully angling it to clean all the nooks and crannies where plaque likes to hide out.
Change It Up: It is recommended for optimal oral health that you change your toothbrush every three months. Doing so ensures that the bristles can effectively clean hard-to-reach places such as between your teeth and along the gum line. If you notice your brush’s bristles getting spread out or bent, it’s time for a new one. Also, it’s always a good idea to swap out your brush with a new one when you get sick.
Hard Teeth, Soft Brush: When at the store, you’ll probably have the option of choosing soft, medium or hard bristle toothbrushes. For normal use, it’s wisest to choose a soft brush. Firmer bristles can lead to gum recession and wear down the enamel on your teeth.
When in Doubt, Time It Out: Toothbrush timers aren’t just for kids anymore! It’s always a good idea to brush for at least two minutes, three if you can. In doing so you exponentially increase your chances of brushing all surfaces of your teeth, preventing the buildup of decay-causing tartar.
Have a question about your brushing habits? Give us a call today, and let the experts at Windsor Family Dentistry show you how to brush like a champion!