The following article offers several great tips to get the most out of your brushing. Thanks for visiting Cumberland Endodontics.
Most people know the basics of tooth brushing; how many times a day to brush their teeth, and how long to brush for. But do you know how long to wait before you brush your teeth after a meal, or which foods help to keep your teeth clean?
Check out these 10 tips to make sure you are keeping your teeth in a great condition.
1. Wait 30 minutes after a meal to brush your teeth
Brushing your teeth immediately after eating food can be damaging for your teeth. During this time, the pH-level in your mouth is lower than normal, and more acidic, so brushing can be very abrasive and harmful.
2. Don’t always start brushing in the same place
Dentists say most people normally start brushing their teeth in the same place. By the time you reach the last part, you may be a little bored and end up paying less attention to these areas. Richard Price, consumer adviser for the American Dental Association, recommends starting in a different place each time so all of your teeth receive the same amount of attention.
3. Be gentle while brushing your teeth
Most people have different techniques to brush their teeth, but some are more harmful than others. Teeth need to be brushed lightly, as harsher brushing can damage the teeth and erode gums. Instead of brushing in long strokes, brush your teeth in a gentle, circular motion.
Periodontist Dr. David Genet recommends brushing your teeth as gently as you would clean priceless furniture. A telltale way to check if you are brushing too hard is to see if the bristles bend on your teeth. If they do, you could be brushing too hard.
4. Brush your teeth for at least two minutes
Most people already know that the recommended amount of time to brush your teeth is two minutes. But despite that, most people still don’t brush long enough.
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