During many new patient visits, our Brookline dentist notices that many people aren’t brushing their teeth well enough. People simply don’t know what they don’t know. Fortunately, these common oversights can be fixed easily with some awareness. Good oral health depends on your brushing and flossing your teeth well and frequently. Here are some reminders and tips to ensure you are taking good care of your teeth:
Brush Your Teeth for Two Minutes
The ADA and your dentist Brookline remind you to brush your teeth for at least two minutes per session, at least twice daily. You have four quadrants in your mouth, so give each section 30 seconds of attention. If this sounds unrealistic, consider purchasing an electric toothbrush with a timer, or use an egg timer. Setting a timer will keep you accountable to your teeth. For the little ones, you can play a song when they brush their teeth so they know how long to brush for if they’re not able to count. There are a few great teeth brushing apps that can make brushing time fun, too!
Brush in Gentle Circles
Teeth should be brushed gently to prevent damage to gums and teeth and to keep the bristles in proper working order. Brush in circles to ensure that the entire surface area is being cleaned properly. Side-to-side brushing misses too many nooks and crannies to be effective.
Replace Your Toothbrush Every Few Months
Over time and with frequent use, the bristles on your toothbrush will wear down and become less effective. An old toothbrush is a fantastic place for bacteria to hide and grow. Your Brookline cosmetic dentist reminds you to replace your toothbrush every three months to solve both problems at once. During your next dental exam, ask if we have a replacement toothbrush for you!
Remember to Brush and Floss Daily
Forgetting to brush and floss is a habit that contributes to cavities. Always remember to brush at least twice a day and floss every day. Brush again if you choose sugary or acidic drinks and food throughout the day. By keeping your teeth clean, you will be proactive in great oral health.
Your oral hygiene depends on your good habits. During your child’s next visit, we will be happy to share tips for their good brushing habits to begin at an early age. Check out our Facebook page for some great tips as well! Your perfect smile is our aim!