Adopting These Brushing Habits Will Produce Healthier Teeth and Gums

Brushing and flossing your teeth is one of the basics of maintaining a healthy smile. But you would be surprised by how many people fail to brush their teeth the right way. Brushing your teeth is about more than just running a toothbrush with some toothpaste over your teeth.

Brushing your teeth is vital because it’s the foundation of good oral health and can add to our efforts to give you a more attractive smile through cosmetic dentistry. In this blog, Dr. Anette Betancor at Dente Complete Dentistry explains the best way to brush your teeth and gums.

How often you should brush

You should brush your teeth every day, which many people already know. The most effective and essential single time you can brush your teeth is at night before you go to bed. But in truth, you need to brush your teeth more often than this.

The official recommendation is to brush your teeth after every meal if you want to have the healthiest teeth and gums. But it’s important not to brush too quickly after a meal. When you eat, the acidity in your mouth sticks around for a while. Brushing too soon can cause the acids to wear down your enamel, which ultimately weakens your teeth. We recommend that you wait for about 15-20 minutes after eating before brushing your teeth.

How long to brush

Brushing your teeth might seem like just a necessary chore, so you might be tempted to rush through it to get it over with as quickly as possible. Brushing too fast is one of the most common mistakes in brushing habits that we see, so if you’re guilty of this, you’re far from alone. Ideally, you should brush your teeth for two full minutes, but the average American only lasts for 45 seconds.

To help yourself get used to the idea of brushing your teeth for two minutes, try setting a timer or listening to a favorite song while you brush. Soon, you’ll be able to do it for two minutes before you know it.

You don’t replace your toothbrush often enough

If the only times that you replace your toothbrush are when you get a new one from the dentist, you’re not replacing it often enough. The American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every three or four months; consider making a habit of doing so at each season’s start.

When you don’t replace your toothbrush as often as needed, you might notice that the bristles look a little worn (especially if you’re a hard brusher, which is a habit you should try to change) or that the toothbrush starts to look a bit grimy. When in doubt, throw it out. 

Use the right toothbrush

The best toothbrush for your teeth is the one that you’ll use as often as recommended, of course. But if you want to make the healthiest choice for your teeth and gums, it’s vital to select the right toothbrush. The best manual toothbrush is one with soft bristles. If you want to take it a step further, an electric toothbrush is even better. Make sure to brush your tongue and your gums as well as your teeth.

It’s also essential to keep up with regular professional dental cleanings to make sure we can remove all the plaque from your teeth. If you’re due for a cleaning and exam, call our office or request an appointment online.

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