Important Brushing Tips
You’ve spent a lifetime brushing and flossing your teeth, but are you sure you’re doing it correctly? Our dedicated staff at Premier Dentistry in Charlotte, NC take time to educate our patients for great oral health. Here are a few easy tips to guarantee that you’re getting the most from your daily oral routine.
Your toothbrush should be a comfortable size for your mouth and hand, with soft, rounded bristles (stiff bristles can damage the gums). The brush should be replaced when the bristles begin to flatten, or every 3-4 months. An electric toothbrush is a personal preference, but if you have arthritis or other problems with your hand, arm or shoulders an electric toothbrush can make brushing easier.
Any kind of floss is fine, and can be held by hand or with a floss holder.
Your toothpaste should contain fluoride. Tartar control or whitening toothpaste can be hard on your teeth, so it’s best to alternate between those and a regular fluoride toothpaste.
You should brush at least twice a day, but don’t overdo it. Brushing more than 3 times a day can wear down the enamel on your teeth and lead to decay or gum damage. Brush both the inner and outer surfaces of your teeth several times using short, circular strokes. Wide side-to-side strokes can damage the gum line. Clean the inside of front teeth by holding the brush vertically and using up-and-down strokes with the front of the brush. Move your brush often to make sure you reach every tooth. You should spend at least 2 minutes each time you brush.
A common question we receive at Premier Dentistry is how to help eliminate bad breath. Brushing your tongue is the easiest way to combat bad breath so, don’t forget to brush your tongue, where oral bacteria may remain.
Wait at least a half hour to brush after a beverage containing acid which can soften the tooth enamel (energy drinks, diet sodas, juices and coffee) to give your saliva time to restore the enamel.
We look forward to providing dental health education to our patients at Premier Dentistry.