You’ve been doing it since you were five. You switch to auto pilot morning and night and get it done. But are you doing it right? At Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati, we find that many of our patients make mistakes in their brushing, and could benefit from some helpful reminders.
Here are important tooth brushing tips:
1. Take your time.
After a long day, you want to get it over with and go to bed. But teeth cleaning takes time and careful attention. Time yourself the next time you brush—you might be surprised at how rapidly you finish. The process should take at least two to three minutes.
2. Don’t forget to floss.
No matter how agile you can be with your brush, it’s all but impossible to clear away the plaque from all those narrow gaps between your teeth. That is where bacteria can easily propagate and start the decay process. Flossing is an important part of the process.
3. Use the right toothbrush.
It is ironic that some people damage their enamel or gums because they brush too vigorously with a rigid brush. We recommend using a soft brush.
4. Don’t keep your tooth brush near the toilet.
This is awful to think about, but each time the toilet is flushed, bacteria is sent far into the air—even if you close the lid. Keep your toothbrush in a clean place and allow it to air dry.
5. Use fluoride toothpaste.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but some toothpastes don’t contain fluoride. It isn’t just for kids, either. Your enamel is consistently under assault from acidic foods and drinks and fluoride helps it remineralize.
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