Brushing your teeth is a daily activity you perform to keep your teeth clean. It is something we have been told to do since we were small. Regular brushing of teeth is also recommended by an Edmonton dentist. You follow this ritual routinely but are you really doing it the right way. Improper brushing of teeth is one of the root causes which lead to decay. Here are a few dos and don’ts to consider while brushing your teeth.
Choose the Right Toothpaste and Toothbrush
It is essential you choose the right products for brushing your teeth. Do not just pick out any random toothbrush and toothpaste. Choose toothpaste which is fluoride rich, as it helps prevent and control factors causing tooth decay. Opt for soft bristle toothbrush as hard bristles can injure your gums.
Brushing your teeth for the appropriate time frame is necessary. You should brush your teeth for 2 minutes, giving 30 seconds to upper, lower, outer and inner part of your mouth, each. This will ensure that each part of your mouth is cleaned out.
Replace Your Toothbrush
Timely replacement of your toothbrush is something you tend to forget. Though the toothbrush may not look so, it does require replacing every 3 months. You could also replace your toothbrush when you see the bristles bending too much. Germs tend to build up in the bristles of the brush, especially when you have a cold or flu. Replacing toothbrush timely curbs germ build up.
Though your teeth seem to be tough, they are highly sensitive. Applying too much force can damage the enamel. Using extreme force while brushing could also recede your gums. Make sure you apply the right amount of pressure.
Brush within 30 Minutes of Eating Acidic Food
It is recommended that you do not brush your teeth within 30 minutes of consuming acidic food items. The acid in the food, softens the tooth enamel temporarily, thereby making your teeth vulnerable. If you brush your teeth during this time, it may lead to abrasions.
Never share your toothbrush with anybody. Not even a family member. It is a very unhygienic thing to do. Your toothbrush when moist, catches on to the bacteria in your mouth. Sharing of toothbrush could spread germs and gum diseases.
Regular brushing of teeth is not enough. To maintain proper health of your teeth, brushing the right way is necessary. Keeping your dental check-ups regular and following the advice of an Edmonton dentist will help you maintain proper oral health. To know more about brushing techniques and get a dental checkup done, book an appointment.