Brush your teeth twice a day and floss. Maybe gargle some mouthwash if you’re feeling for it. Is that really it? Is that all you need for a wonderful smile? Let’s check up on your brushing habits.
-Know the right amount of brushing. Take enough time to get the job done, don’t rush when you brush. That being said, don’t try brush your teeth away. Over brushing can do more harm than good.
-Have the right tools for the job. An electric tooth brush is recommended, but anything that fits your mouth and is comfortable will do the trick. Stock up on good fluoride toothpaste!
-Brush, brush, brush. Make sure to scrub all surfaces of your teeth, not just the visible parts. Tartar is most likely to build up in the places you can’t see. Brushing your tongue can be one of the best ways to get rid of the smell of anything you might have eaten, or the stench of those particularly bad mornings.
-Keep your utensils clean! Make sure you always give your toothbrush a rinse after brushing, and try not to keep it in closed containers, they tend to build bacteria faster. Stand it upright and let it air dry before the next use.
-There is no sentimental value in toothbrushes. If the bristles are going a bit crazy, if it’s discolored or if it just looks old, it’s time to replace it. Even if your brush still looks brand new, you should look to replace it every 4 months or so.
The staff at Meadowtown Dental would be pleased to make suggestions on your brushing techniques if you are unsure how effective your routine is.