Your toothbrush is your first line of defense against dental problems like tooth decay and gum disease. To promote a healthy smile, you know that you are supposed to brush twice a day; but, one in four adults admit that they do not. After a long day, it is easy to just head to bed without brushing one more time. Even though it is part of your morning routine, it is easy to rush through it to get out the door on time. Skipping a good brushing will still place your oral health at risk. It is best to take the time to commit to your dental health each day.
Don’t Skip Brushing Twice a Day
Your toothbrush is the most commonly used dental tool that you have at home to keep your teeth and gums healthy. It removes foods particles, plaque, and tartar to reduce harmful bacteria levels in your mouth. Unfortunately, your efforts may not be as effective as you believe. In fact, most Americans have major shortcomings when it comes to brushing. Thankfully, simple changes to your routine will make a large difference in your oral health.
Choose the Right Toothbrush
The American Dental Association recommends that you use a soft-bristled toothbrush that has earned their Seal of Acceptance while also fitting the size of your mouth. Although many believe that hard bristles clean better, they actually cause damage to your enamel and gum tissue.
Use a Fluoride Toothpaste
Use a fluoride toothpaste that has the ADA Seal of Acceptance to keep your enamel strong. You can also look for those that cater to specific dental issues, such as tooth sensitivity or tartar control.
Clean Every Surface of Your Teeth Correctly
Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to clean all surfaces of your teeth, not just the chewing surfaces. Do not use a back-and-forth motion, which will cause the gum line to recede. Instead, use a circular motion to effectively clean each tooth.
Brush for Two Minutes Twice a Day
On average, only 69% of Americans brush their teeth twice a day. In addition, most brush for less than the recommended two minutes. Even if you are in a rush or cannot wait to get to bed, you need to brush once in the morning and again before going to bed for at least two minutes each session. Every extra second spent cleaning your teeth will positively impact your dental health.
Don’t Forget to Clean Your Tongue
Your tongue can harbor bacteria that can lead to bad breath. When you are brushing, do not forget to clean your tongue to reduce the buildup for fresh breath.
Promote a Healthy Smile
Do not place your oral health at risk with poor oral hygiene habits. Invest in your smile with proper brushing habits.
About Dr. Bradley Mitchell
Dr. Bradley Mitchell is a trusted dentist in the area with a commitment to promoting dental health through preventive care. If you have any questions about your oral hygiene habits, contact Mitchell Smile Design today to speak with Dr. Mitchell.