Most Common Signs That You Are Not Brushing Well Enough
Posted on 10/25/2019 by Bisson Dentistry
One would think brushing teeth, it's something you really can't mess up, right? You put toothpaste on the brush, it goes in your mouth, you hit each tooth, you did well, right?
Pull out an old magnifying glass and in some good lighting, take a good look at your teeth. Most who read this will be shocked by how much plaque and tarter are visible. Here are some tips between now your next visit to our office.
Tips Related to Brushing
The first tip related to brushing involves your toothbrush. Most people forget that a toothbrush is only good for about 90 days. After that, the bristles will begin to wilt at the end and do a poor job of removing bacteria in essence wasting time. When you purchase your brush verify it contains an ADA seal of acceptance. Gently brush your teeth, the harder you brush will not remove more bacteria.
Brushing too hard can damage your gums. If you feel the need to brush your teeth after eating a meal make sure and wait for at least 30 minutes. The acids found in food soften the enamel for a short time, you can brush it off your teeth leaving them armor less against invading bacteria. Store your brush vertically, allowing for a quick dry.
Tips Before and After Brushing
Before brushing, it's important to thoroughly floss once per day. Any more or you'll hurt your gums. The most common reason people don't floss daily is a pain in their gums or it makes them bleed. There are many types of fosses out there like waxed or unwaxed, nylon, and rubber. The most popular being the one hand design looking like a bent letter Y. It has the string between the forks and reaches your molars easily.
With daily gentle flossing sensitive or bleeding gums should go away in a week. After flossing it's time to brush the particles you've broken loose. Follow that up with an ADA approved mouthwash containing two ingredients. Fluoride for its aid in tooth decay and preventing cavities and Antimicrobials for killing bacteria that cause bad breath, plaque, gingivitis, and inflammation of the gums during early stages of gum disease.
Following these tips should take you on around 6-8 minutes each day. The average American spends only 90 seconds each day on their oral health care. The time you spend in the bathroom practicing good hygiene will keep you in the recliner and out of the dentist chair.
The last tip comes from the American Dental Association. See your dentist every 6 months. That is recommended for people who practice good oral care. Give our office a call, we would be happy to schedule your next oral screening.
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