Brushing your teeth is essential for maintaining bright, white teeth and fresh breath. Don’t brush correctly, and you may develop gum disease, cavities, and other dental problems. Follow these tips to improve your oral health habits and brush more efficiently.
Brush For Two Minutes Twice a Day
Two is the magic number when it comes to brushing your teeth. You need to brush your teeth at least twice a day, for two minutes each time. You may like to set a timer so you know how long to brush. Brush the outer and inner surfaces as well as the rough chewing surface, using short back and forth strokes.
Use The Right Toothbrush
You should brush your teeth with a soft-bristled brush. Harder brushes can be too abrasive and may scrub away protective enamel. Your toothbrush should also have straight bristles. Once they become frayed, you cannot brush as efficiently. Replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or even sooner if you notice fraying earlier. The American Dental Association recommends a variety of manual toothbrushes rather than electric toothbrushes. That’s because many dentists have seen more gum problems among users of electric toothbrushes.
Use an ADA-Accepted Toothpaste
The type of toothpaste you use also matters. You should always brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste approved by the American Dental Association. All these products carry the ADA Seal of Acceptance, making it easy to spot them on the supermarket shelves. The American Dental Association only endorses products proven to help protect your teeth. The fluoride in these toothpastes works with saliva to protect your tooth enamel from the dangerous plaque and sugars that can attack teeth.
For more brushing techniques, see Dr. Mal Braverman at the New York City Cosmetic Dentistry Center. Visit the center’s website to learn more about its services and set up an appointment.