Just brushing your teeth is not enough. You need to brush them no less than twice a day and, most importantly, you need to brush them properly. And there are other things to take into consideration as well, from the toothbrush you use and the toothpaste to the technique you employ and how much force you apply with your brush. Brushing your teeth the right way can preserve your enamel and maintain the health of your gums — two crucial factors.
Even if your teeth look and feel great, there’s no reason to ever lower your guard when it comes to brushing. So, let’s take a look at the habits you can improve to maintain your overall dental health and keep that great smile for a lifetime.
WHAT’S THE BEST TOOTHBRUSH FOR YOU?
Nowadays, any drug store carries a wide array of toothbrushes, ranging from manual to electric, so there’s plenty to choose from. First off, always look for the American Dental Association’s seal of approval on any toothbrush you consider purchasing. This means they are safe, efficient, and meet the quality standards put forth by the ADA.
One of the biggest concerns to keep in mind when brushing your teeth is the amount of pressure applied to the brush. If you’re too forceful, you can inflict damage on both your teeth and your gums. This can affect your teeth’s enamel and push back your gums to the point where the roots may become more vulnerable over time.
Whether you use a manual or an electric toothbrush, a good way of knowing if you’re applying too much force is as follows: when you replace your brush every 2 to 3 months, the bristles should not be overly bent. If they’re not straight by the time you have to replace the brush or head, that’s a clear indication that you’re being far too vigorous with your brushing and possibly harming yourself.
For most people, a soft toothbrush is the best option. Softer bristles will go a long way to ensuring that your teeth and gums are not mistreated during brushing. Still, the best way to determine what toothbrush will benefit you is to consult with your dentist.
A QUICK WORD ON TOOTHPASTE
Using an abrasive toothpaste will help remove any stains from your teeth, but it can also have an impact on your enamel. It’s a matter of finding a balance according to your needs. If you’re a smoker and consume large amounts of coffee or wine, an abrasive toothpaste can help keep your teeth looking whiter. If you don’t consume any of these, a toothpaste that’s less abrasive might be ideal.
LET’S FIGURE OUT TEETH BRUSHING TOGETHER
Even with all this information, you might still have doubts. And that’s perfectly fine! For the best course of action, you should always defer to your dentist so you can plan your dental care together. When you come in for check-ups, ask us any and all questions regarding the best toothbrush and toothpaste for your particular needs.
As always, we are committed to providing you with comfort, care, and convenience. Just get in touch today, and let’s schedule your next visit. By getting proper dental care, your teeth will look and feel great.
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