You already know that brushing your teeth plays a critical role in your dental and oral health. Effective brushing removes bacteria that can otherwise cause dental decay, gum disease, bad breath, and a range of other such issues.
However, brushing may not offer these benefits if you’re not brushing properly. To ensure you thoroughly clean your teeth, keep the following tips in mind:
Brush For a Couple of Minutes
According to the Canadian Dental Association, adults should brush their teeth for about two minutes every time they brush. Thanks to smartphones, it’s fairly easy to set a timer for two minutes when you begin brushing.
Brush Twice a Day
The CDA also recommends brushing your teeth at least twice a day. By brushing at the end of the day, you remove the food and plaque that may have built up on your teeth and oral surfaces over the course of the day, while brushing in the morning helps to remove anything that accumulated at night. Brushing in the morning also freshens your breath.
Use a Circular Motion
Don’t just move the brush up and down when brushing. For ideal effects, use circular strokes.
Don’t Brush Too Hard
A common mistake many make involves applying too much force when brushing. Understandably, many assume that applying such force will result in a more thorough cleaning.
That’s not necessarily the case. If you apply excessive force when brushing, you might actually damage your teeth and gums over time.
Brush All Around
Remember what you learned as a kid while brushing your teeth now! As you brush, make sure you cover all surfaces, and not just the front of your teeth.
You may even consider brushing your tongue as well. Doing so can further remove bacteria from your mouth, promoting both fresher breath and better oral health.
Use the Right Toothpaste
The best way to determine what type of toothpaste might be ideal for your teeth is to discuss the matter with your dentist. That said, dentists typically recommend using toothpaste with fluoride, as fluoride can strengthen your dental enamel and protect your teeth.
Replace Your Toothbrush Often
Adults should replace their toothbrushes every three to four months. If you wait too long to replace a toothbrush, the bristles can become frayed, preventing them from cleaning your teeth as effectively and thoroughly as intended.
When storing your toothbrush, use a cup or holder that allows you to store it in an upright position. If the bristles touch the surfaces on or around the sink, they could pick up bacteria, which you might then transfer to your mouth when brushing.
Most importantly, remember to schedule appointments with your dentist every six months. During your appointments, ask for any other brushing tips they may have. By taking the time to brush properly every day, you’ll guard against potentially significant dental health problems.
Learn More About Dental Health
At Bisson Dentistry in Guelph, Ontario, we’ll work with you to keep your teeth in the best possible condition throughout your life. Get started today by contacting us online or calling us at 519-821-3561 to request an appointment.