Brushing teeth is something all of us take for granted. From the time we’re young until we are fitted for braces, we get so used to the idea that we often don’t think about finding the most comfortable toothbrush, which toothpaste yields the best results, and how to scrape all the yuck off of tongues. Here’s some useful information from your friendly Annapolis dentist on how to do it right.
Picking a Toothbrush
Your teeth and gums may be more sensitive than your family members’ are. Don’t let them tease you about what you can and can’t take. The secret to picking a toothbrush is finding one that feels friendliest to your mouth. A soft brush works best for sensitive teeth, a medium brush is fine for most mouths, and a hard brush is best suited for dentures. Then be sure to toss out your current toothbrush after three months of use or when you notice that the bristles start to wear down. They won’t be able to spread the toothpaste as effectively once this begins to happen.
Toothpaste comes in several different forms: paste, gel, and powder. However, you need to find one that carries the American Dental Association’s seal of approval. Find one that has fluoride in it, so that it can help strengthen your teeth. This mineral is essential for repelling the effects of tooth decay. Then you’ll want a toothpaste that can help you control the growth of tartar and is also suited for more sensitive teeth. Whitening toothpaste is also the right choice if you are worried about how your teeth look.
The key to brushing your teeth is to spend two to four minutes doing it. Give every tooth the attention it deserves, and don’t forget about the backs of your teeth. Go one at a time. Make sure that your gums, molars, and tongue also get scrubbed and scraped to make sure you keep them clean.
Once you’re done brushing your teeth, you’ve got to rinse. Sip water from a cup or swish water into your mouth from your hands if you don’t have a cup handy. Spit out the water and hold your tongue under the faucet or refill the cup and wash your tongue in it.
Use mouthwash when you’re done the brushing. It’s often seen as an unnecessary flourish, or a quick substitution when brushing isn’t possible, but it does make a difference. It can restore your enamel, deal with cavities, help make your teeth less sensitive, and refresh your breath.
KEEP YOUR MOUTH HAPPY WITH ANNAPOLIS DENTAL CARE!
Whether it’s a regular check-up you need or a tooth extracted, Annapolis Dental Care has the expertise and compassion to work with you on improving your oral health. Your comfort and health are our top priorities, and so we go above and beyond to make our patients happy and give them the highest quality care. To set up an appointment today, please give us a call at 410-571-5014 or visit us online. For more oral health tips for you and your family follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube! We are always looking for new patients, so if you live in Arnold, Annapolis, or Anne Arundel County, MD, come on down!