If you’re an adult, you’ve been brushing your teeth for quite some time now. Come to think of it, even if you’re a kid, you’ve still been brushing for years! But are you doing it correctly? Millions of Americans believe that they are, but surely they can’t all be right. And in fact, many of them unfortunately have been doing things wrong for years. The result, if you’re unlucky, of course is cavities.
As Americans, many of us have diets that are high in sugar. It’s in everything from candy and sodas to less obvious foods like breads and sauces. Why is it in everything? Your guess is as good as ours, but whatever the reason for the massive increase in sugary products in our foods, the result is a nightmare for our mouths. That means that forming good brushing habits are an absolute must.
Here at Apilado Family Dentistry in El Paso, we are passionate about making sure that our patients have all of the tools they need to take good care of their pearly whites. That means that having good brushing habits makes all the difference between radiant white teeth and having a toothache that leads to the need for a root canal.
Many people assume that simply moving their toothbrush back and forth will get the job done as well as anything else, but this isn’t true. Fortunately, we have a few tips for making the most of the time you spend brushing your teeth and we’ll go through those tips in today’s blog.
One of the biggest issues we have found that people have with brushing is that they simply don’t do it for long enough. We get it–people don’t want to drag themselves out of bed in the morning and then go through the routine of brushing their teeth. We know that it’s hard to get up each morning and that when you’re ready to go to bed at night that you just want to collapse onto your pillow and hit the hay without giving it another thought. The truth of the matter though is that you need to spend at least a couple of minutes on brushing. The key is to make sure you get every part of your mouth, but more on that later.
You also need to be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day–at the beginning and the end of the day–but if you can squeeze one more brushing session in after lunch, that’s ideal. One other thing that you may not know is that you should wait to brush until about half an hour after you eat to ensure that you don’t do damage to the enamel on your teeth. As you might know, your enamel is crucial to keeping your teeth healthy.
So where should you brush? In your bathroom, of course! All kidding aside, you will want to focus on brushing each of your teeth equally. If you notice that there’s a particular area that gives you trouble, focus more on that area. For example, if you know that food tends to get stuck in the upper left side of your mouth, make it a point to take good care of that area.
Brush in small circles and also focus on brushing in a vertical motion on each tooth as well. Of course you’ll also need to focus on gently massaging your gums in order to keep gingivitis away as well. You should also make it a point to floss often. If traditional floss doesn’t work well for you, opting for a water flosser is the way to go. You should also make it a point to use mouthwash at least once a day, for at least one minute at a time, swishing vigorously to make sure that your whole mouth is covered.
Whether you know you’ve been doing it wrong or you just need a refresher course to make sure that your teeth are getting the attention they deserve, we are here to help. Schedule an appointment today!