Even if you brush your teeth two or three times a day, you could be doing it all wrong. That's right. Something you do every day might not be as effective as you think it is.
Want to learn how to brush your teeth correctly? Here's what you need to know to make sure that your brushing is up to snuff.
Use a Soft or Medium Brush
Many people think that using a hard brush is the only way to remove plaque and bacteria. In fact, hard bristles may damage your teeth and cause your gums to recede if you brush too hard. A soft or medium toothbrush gets the job done for most people while also going easy on the gums.
Consider Using an Electric Brush
An electric toothbrush will use circular motions to brush your teeth efficiently. This can make it easier to reach all areas of your mouth than if you were trying to brush manually. No matter what you choose as your brush, make sure that you brush in a circular motion and brush for at least 30 seconds in each section of your mouth.
Use Toothpaste With Fluoride
Fluoride is good for your teeth, preventing tooth decay according to some studies. Make sure the paste you use is designed to protect your teeth from early decay while also eliminating debris. Any store that sells toothpaste will feature options with fluoride. Plus, fluoride helps keep your teeth white.
Many adults don't floss their teeth daily, which can be just as detrimental as not brushing. Food can get caught between teeth, leading to debris that causes bacteria. Daily flossing can prevent cavities from growing between the teeth, prompting a need for fillings and other dental work.
Don't Use Mouthwash After Brushing
If you use mouthwash immediately after brushing your teeth, you are rinsing away fluoride. It is better to drink only water at night once you brush your teeth so that the fluoride can work its magic as you sleep. If you must rinse after brushing, use water instead of mouthwash. Mouthwash is better for after a meal or before you brush.
Talk to Your Dentist
Finally, make sure that you ask questions if you suspect that you might not be brushing your teeth correctly. Your dentist will tell you if there are problem areas in your mouth or if you need to work on your technique. Make an appointment today to begin your journey toward better dental hygiene.