Brushing your teeth is a part of your daily routine to keep your smile looking great while warding off tooth decay and gum disease. While you may believe that you are doing an excellent job, the American Dental Association (ADA) reports that there are major shortcomings when it comes to oral hygiene habits. It may seem like a straight forward task, but simple mistakes can place your teeth at risk for damage. To ensure that your efforts are put to good use, there are simple tips to keep in mind.
1. Brush Twice a Day
You have been told from a young age that you need to brush your teeth at least twice a day; however, the ADA reports that only seven out of ten Americans do so. At the end of the day, it is easy to skip your nightly routine of brushing, but if you do, you are allowing harmful bacteria and plaque to accumulate.
2. Choose the Right Toothbrush
Often, people tend to believe that a hard-bristled toothbrush cleans better, but it can cause damage to your teeth and gums. Instead, choose a soft-bristled one that has earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance. In addition, pick on that accommodates the size of your mouth.
3. Pick the Right Toothpaste
It is best to use a fluoride toothpaste that is supported by the ADA to clean your teeth. If you have certain dental issues, like discoloration, tooth sensitivity, or are prone to tartar, consider using one that caters to your specific problem.
4. Hold Your Toothbrush Correctly
Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and gently sweep all surfaces of the teeth, including the backsides. Do not forget to clean your tongue and cheeks to remove bacteria. If you have difficulty holding a traditional toothbrush, an electric model may be easier for you to use.
5. Put in the Time
It is recommended that you spend at least two minutes twice a day brushing your teeth. However, the ADA estimates that 30% of people are not brushing enough. If you cut your routine short, you are not thoroughly cleaning your teeth.
6. Don’t Forget to Floss
Brushing is only half of the care your teeth need. Although a toothbrush is effective, it cannot reach all places in your mouth, such as in between the teeth and around the gum line. The only way to clean these areas is with dental floss. Choose a high-quality floss that is supported by the ADA to remove plaque accumulations that have been missed by your toothbrush.
Get a Healthy Smile Today
Your home oral hygiene habits are your first line of defense against dental issues. Do not place your dental health at risk. Invest in your smile by taking the time each day to care for your teeth.
About Dr. Gary Sherman
For more than 25 years, Dr. Gary Sherman has been a trusted dentist in the community. With a mission to develop long-term relationships with each patient to promote oral health, he will help you create a proactive plan to protect your teeth and gums. Contact Franklin Avenue Dental Care today for a consultation.