By R. Ian Murray, DMD
December 22, 2014
Category: Dentistry
Tags: Toothbrush  

Your Stuart, FL dentist offers up advice on how to brush better for a cleaner smile.

Since you brush twice a day you might often feel like you go on autopilot as you brush. That’s because it’s become such a routine part of your life that you may not even think about it; it just feels like habit. However, while you may not even realize it, the monotony of Tooth Brushdaily brushing might be causing you to brush less effectively. In order to bring life back into your brushing ritual, your Stuart, FL dentist offers up some helpful tips for how to brush better to maintain good oral health.

Change your toothbrush often

When was the last time you replaced your toothbrush? If you have to think about it, it’s most likely been far too long. You should be replacing your toothbrush every three or four months. So, how can you tell when it’s time to purchase a new brush? The old bristles will begin to fray. If you still use the old toothbrush you’ll only be pushing bacteria around in your mouth.

It’s also best to replace your toothbrush after an illness and after traveling, as new germs can form and cause further infections.

Don’t apply too much pressure

You probably don’t need to apply as much pressure to your teeth as you may think to get a deep down clean. A gentle scrubbing action with small strokes is all that’s needed to remove plaque and food particles from your teeth. Opting for a small brush head can also make getting into those hard-to-reach spots a bit easier so you aren’t pushing too hard to get into tip spaces. Some patients find that electric toothbrushes are better for them, as they naturally apply the proper pressure needed to effectively clean your teeth.

Opt for fluoridated oral care products

ADA-approved fluoride toothpastes and mouthwashes are ideal for both growing and fully developed teeth. Fluoride can prevent cavities and tooth decay from forming; however, it also protects enamel from sugar and acid attacks. Fluoride can even reverse some early signs of decay.

Brush twice a day

You should be brushing at night before bed and again during the day (usually morning). Just make sure that you are brushing your teeth at least twice a day and for a minimum of two minutes each time. Even if you think you brush your teeth for two minutes, you would be surprised to find that you may not. Therefore, turn on a timer when it’s time to brush to make sure you are spending enough time on your smile.

While at-home brushing is a vital part of preventive care when it comes to keeping away cavities and gum disease, it’s not the only thing you should be doing. You should also see your Stuart, FL dentist every six months for routine cleanings. If it’s time to schedule your next visit with us, call our office today

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