At first glance it seems easy enough to brush your teeth effectively every day. However, there are a number of small decisions you can make to improve your daily dental routine. Keep reading to learn more from our Elmhurst dentists.
Use The Right Tools
Toothbrushes are crafted with various bristle strengths. You’ll find that bristles range from soft to extra firm. Generally speaking, you want to choose a brush with the softest bristle possible without forgoing effectivity.
Another thing to look at is the size of the toothbrush head (the part of the brush to which the bristles are attached). A brush head that is too large will hinder your ability to clean your molars and surrounding gum tissue. Make sure that the bristles of your toothbrush can reach the back corners of your mouth.
Make the most of your daily oral hygiene routine by ensuring that you are using the proper techniques to clear away plaque. Using too much pressure as you brush can lead to enamel deterioration and gum tissue recession; the best way to clean is to apply gentle pressure, and move your brush in small circular motions over your teeth and oral tissues.
And don’t forget to brush your tongue! As your tongue accumulates oral bacteria, you will notice that it becomes more and more difficult to maintain fresh breath.
In order to maintain a healthy smile, it is critical that you clean your smile every single day—don’t skip! The general recommendation from the ADA is that both pediatric and adult patients brush their teeth every morning a night, and floss once a day at night.
Another thing to consider is that you want to be brushing for at least two minutes every time you brush. It’s a good idea to set a timer in the beginning, so that you can get used to the feel of cleaning continuously for two minutes.
As always, our Elmhurst dentists are happy to answer questions that you may have, and to give you further guidance. Give us a call!