Hopefully, you’ve spent almost your whole lifetime brushing and flossing your teeth every day. Consistency can help ensure that your mouth stays its cleanest, but repetition can make the practice seem mundane some days, and you may not pay as much attention as you should. Believe it or not, there is a right way and a wrong way to brush your teeth, and inattentiveness can greatly contribute to the latter. To help make sure that you make the most of your daily dental hygiene routine, Miami dentist Dr. Garg offers this guide to proper tooth brushing.
A Quick Guide to Proper Tooth brushing
- Choosing the right toothbrush is the first step to brushing correctly. Opt for a soft-bristled toothbrush; the harsher ones, such as those that advertise natural animal hair bristles, can strip your teeth of their protective enamel. Be sure your soft-bristled brush’s packaging bears the American Dental Association (ADA) stamp of approval.
- Also, choose toothpaste that contains fluoride, and preferably baking soda. The mineral fluoride bonds to your enamel, strengthening it against bacterial acid attacks that lead to tooth decay. Baking soda serves as a gentle abrasive that helps clean and whiten your teeth, and also possesses potent acid-neutralizing abilities for additional cavity protection.
- The ADA recommends that you brush your teeth at least twice a day, or after every meal if possible. Be sure to brush before bedtime; saliva production, which is your natural defense against harmful oral bacteria, is slowed considerably when you sleep. Removing bacteria-laden dental plaque from your teeth before falling asleep can help inhibit its ability to accumulate during the night, minimizing your morning breath and reducing the chance of gum disease and tooth decay.
- Each tooth brushing session should last around two minutes—time enough to carefully brush every surface of every tooth, all the way down to the gum line. In addition to brushing, the ADA also recommends that you floss at least once a day, preferably before bedtime, to remove bacterial plaque and the food debris that feeds it from between your teeth.
Keep Your Smile Healthy in Miami
Even with an excellent home hygiene routine, your continued good dental health requires regular visits to your dentist’s office for routine dental exams and cleanings (at least once every six months). To learn more about maintaining your healthy smile, or to schedule a dental consultation with your Miami dentist, contact the Center for Complete Dentistry by calling 305-935-4991, or visit our website to schedule your appointment online. Located in the 33180 area, we proudly serve patients from Miami, Highland Lakes, North Miami Beach, and the surrounding communities.