Since childhood, we’ve been told that we need to brush our teeth to be healthy by our parents, our doctors, and of course, our dentists.
However, what you may not know is that how you brush matters just as much as whether or not you brush at all. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about brushing to keep your grin looking shiny and healthy!
Q: Is one brushing technique better than another? A: Yes! Try a 45-degree angle, rolling the brush away from your gum line. Avoid scrubbing motions or too much pressure, as these techniques can damage enamel and be generally painful. Don’t forget to gently brush your gums too! This helps prevent bleeding and gingivitis.
Q: What kind of toothbrush should I be using? A: There is some debate about this. The general consensus among dentists is that an electric brush tends to be better at cleaning, but if you don’t like the feeling of electric brushes, or they’re out of your price range, hand brushes can be just as good! Opt for one with a small head, soft bristles, and a flexible neck.
Q: How often should I brush? A: At least two minutes, twice a day! Too much more than that can irritate teeth and gums, so don’t go crazy with brushing! Just like with anything, more isn’t always better.
Q: What about toothpaste?
A: Toothpaste is a great tool to help get teeth squeaky clean because of tiny abrasives that help scrub off plaque buildup. Pick one with fluoride to further prevent your risk of decay.
Brushing with the right tools and the right technique daily can greatly improve overall health and help prevent decay and disease! Don’t forget to finish with floss and mouthwash, and talk to your dentist at your next appointment if you need any more tips.