The best way to prevent cavities and maintain the health of your teeth and mouth is to combine professional dental cleanings with diligent at-home dental care. Many of our patients ask our Elmhurst family dentists how they can optimize their dental health at home. We all know that you should be brushing and flossing at least twice a day. Here I’m going to review some helpful tips for brushing your teeth. Incorporating these tips into your daily routine can help you keep a sparkling, healthy smile!
It’s important to pick a toothbrush that is small enough that it fits easily into your mouth and can move from the front to the back of your teeth. One of the most common mistakes patients make is that they choose a toothbrush that is too large for their mouth, and they are therefore unable to clean those hard to reach places in the mouth. Make sure that your bristles are not too firm or abrasive—these can cause unnecessary wear and tear on enamel and gums.