You already know how important it is to brush your teeth well for optimal oral hygiene and to prevent any issues like cavities or gingivitis. How can you be sure that your brushing is having the impact on your oral care you want? Here are ways to know that you and your children are properly wielding your toothbrushes and working your way towards excellent oral care.
How Should I Be Brushing?
If you are properly brushing your teeth it should take a while, 120 seconds at minimum. Most adults do not even approach the two minute brushing benchmark. To see if you’re close, try using a stopwatch or your phone to keep track of how long (or short) your tooth brushing takes. You should use short, gentle strokes and pay attention to the gum line, back teeth, and any areas around teeth that already have fillings or crowns. Run through your mouth in this order
- Outer surfaces of the upper teeth
- Outer surfaces of the lower teeth
- Inner surfaces of the upper teeth
- Inner surfaces of the lower teeth
- Chewing or bite surfaces
What Type of Toothbrush Should You Be Using to Brush Your Teeth?
A soft-bristled brush is appropriate for almost any mouth. They do an excellent job at removing plaque build up and debris from your teeth, without causing any irritation or pain. Brushes will smaller heads are also better, as they can reach all parts of your mouth more easily.
Interested in a battery or electronic toothbrush? These are great options for those who have trouble brushing or reaching all of the places they need to. They can be more thorough at cleaning teeth, and some come with two minute times to keep you on track with how long you are spending brushing your teeth.
Which Tube of Toothpaste Is Best for Me?
There are so many options of toothpaste available at the drug store it can be hard to choose. There are toothpastes for every dental condition or ailment including those designed to help with cavities, prevent or treat gingivitis, remove tartar, whiten stained teeth, and be extra gentle on sensitive teeth. If you aren’t sure which type is best for you, as your dentist or dental hygienist.
Ready to Smile?
If you need a little extra help making sure you are brushing your teeth properly or just want to know which tube of toothpaste is right for you, you can trust the dental experts at Park Dental. We have many in-house dental plans for your family or yourself to make braces and treatments less financially intimidating and get you the care you need. Ready to make an appointment? Visit us online or give us a call at 301-599-0194. To see some of our dentists and get more oral hygiene tips and information, visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.