Brushing your teeth is vital to continue oral health care. Analyze your habits: are you brushing as well as you should be? Let’s review the basics of brushing.
Make sure you have a decent toothbrush. It should be replaced every 3-4 months, even if the bristles look “fine.” If they look frayed or worn out, your brush should be replaced sooner. To choose a quality brush, look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance on the package. This will ensure you are getting a brush that has been tested for both safety and effectiveness. Of the ADA approved brushes, choose one that is the right size for your mouth, with soft brushes, in a style you like.
Once you have the right tool, you should review how you brush your teeth. Make sure you use gentle pressure, as scrubbing your teeth vigorously can damage your gums and tooth enamel. Use short, tooth-wide strokes, and brush for 2 minutes. Repeat this process twice a day. Be sure to brush the entire surface of the tooth–the inner, outer, and chewing surfaces of the teeth.
To clean your toothbrush, rinse with warm water, then place upright in a well-ventilated area. This will allow the liquid to drain off the brush and the brush to dry out, which will, in turn, reduce bacterial growth. This is important. Replace your toothbrush if it becomes contaminated, or at the normal 3-4 month mark.
Remember to visit the dentist biannually. If you are in the El Paso, Texas area, be sure to call Mathew Berg DDS at 915-591-5333 to set an appointment! Dr. Mathew Berg and our team will help you keep your smile clean and healthy!