Everyone knows that practicing good oral hygiene at home is paramount in keeping your teeth healthy. Brushing and flossing is second nature to most, and we usually give it little thought. However, there are several factors that you should consider when it comes to correctly caring for your teeth and gums. If you are repeatedly performing your oral hygiene routine incorrectly, you could actually be causing more harm than good. By learning how to clean your teeth better, you can ensure that your oral health will be second to none.
Use The Right Toothbrush
Toothbrushes are not created equal. You may think that the harder the bristles are, the better they will clean; but this is definitely not true. You should use a soft-bristled toothbrush that fits comfortably in your mouth. Many people make the mistake of using a toothbrush that is too big. This can cause you to strain your jaw when trying to open wide enough to brush your back teeth.
Brush Enough, But Not Too Much
Adequate time to clean all of your teeth should be about two minutes twice a day. Mentally section your mouth off into quadrants, and brush each section for 30 seconds. If timing your brushing is difficult, invest in an electric toothbrush that will time your progress for you. Avoid brushing more than three times a day, unless you have had a particularly sticky meal. Brushing too much can cause wear on your tooth enamel and damage your sensitive gum tissue.
Toss Your Old Brush!
After 3-4 months of regular use, it is usually time to throw away your toothbrush and buy a new one. When a toothbrush begins to show signs of wear, it is no longer cleaning your teeth well and could actually be scratching your gums.
About Your Fort Worth Family Dentist:
Dr. Bob Jing has served patients and their families across Dallas/Ft. Worth for many years. Together with his caring, compassionate, and highly-skilled team at 7 Day Dental, Dr. Jing is dedicated to making good dental health available to as many people as possible. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation or appointment, contact our office closest to you at 817-405-2001 on Jacksboro Highway, or at 817-405-0195 on Seminary Drive.