Often people come to us asking what is the best toothbrush, how to floss and do they really need to rinse after brushing (yes, you do). Let us help to set the record straight and have you brushing, flossing and rinsing like a pro.
Are you brushing your teeth too hard?Sometimes we may get carried away in brushing our teeth and tend to be forceful when in actuality gently brushing does pretty much the same job and is much better for you.
We suggest using a soft bristled electric toothbrush to avoid gum recession. When choosing manual toothbrushes always pick up the soft one.
When is the best time to brush your teeth?
Brushing your teeth first thing in the morning and scraping your tongue is a great way to start your day off with fresh breath. You might brush your teeth before eating lunch and then again before going to bed. Brushing before going to bed is a must as this keeps the bacteria from staying on your teeth all night long.
If you wish to brush your teeth after eating it’s best to wait at least 30 minutes. This way you’re not just moving around bacteria and acid which can cause your enamel to breakdown.
Proper brushing technique.You are welcome to ask us while sitting in our dental chair, we are happy to show you the proper brushing technique. First place your brush at a 45-degree angle and sweep the toothbrush downwards or upwards away from the gums. *Don’t forget to brush your tongue in downward strokes or use a tongue scraper.
How often should you change your toothbrush?Every three months you should change your manual toothbrush or change the head of your electric toothbrush. If you should get a cold or the flu you want to change your toothbrush more frequently so you don’t continue to infect yourself with the same germs.
Since bathrooms can store lots of germs it’s best to keep your toothbrush inside the medicine cabinet or in your bedroom. As well, close your toilet seat when flushing to keep those germs from spraying throughout the bathroom.
More discussion will be coming forth on the benefits of flossing and rinsing as well.