Hopefully, you know by now that brushing and flossing your teeth is more than important—it’s vital to keeping your smile healthy and whole. However, you may not realize that how you brush your teeth is as important as the act itself. Do it wrong, and you may be harming your smile more than helping it. To make sure you’re making the most of your daily dental hygiene routine, your Southlake dentists, Drs. Wright and Heron, outline the correct way to brush your teeth for optimal results.
Tips for Better Teeth-Brushing
- If your teeth feel especially grimy, you may be tempted to scrub a little harder to ensure that they’re thoroughly cleaned. For your teeth’s sake, don’t. Scrubbing too harshly might remove more than plaque and food debris; you also risk stripping your teeth of their protective enamel, which would leave them vulnerable to harmful bacteria and tooth decay. Be sure to gently brush, not scrub, every surface of your teeth using a soft-bristled toothbrush with the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval.
- Worn bristles are not the same as soft bristles. If your toothbrush has seen its prime and the bristles have fallen into disarray, then it’s long overdue for replacement. The ADA recommends changing your toothbrush at least every two to three months, or sooner if you notice the bristles are frayed before then.
- Brushing your teeth after every meal would be ideal, but that’s not always possible in today’s hectic world. For best results, brush your teeth at least twice every day, and floss at least once, preferably before bedtime. When you can’t brush after a meal, try swishing water around your mouth to rinse it clean, or chew a piece of sugarless gum to increase your saliva flow.
- When you’re in a rush to get ready in the morning, or you’re tired and want to hurry into bed, you might be tempted to rush through your hygiene and be on your way. Unfortunately, brushing haphazardly can be as neglectful as not brushing at all. Tooth decay, gum disease, and chronic bad breath can result from the smallest amount of bacterial plaque left on your teeth and/or gum line. Take the time to ensure that every surface of every tooth is thoroughly brushed, and floss carefully between every tooth, as well.
ABOUT YOUR SOUTHLAKE DENTISTS:
As a native Texan, Gregory Wright, DDS, opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.