Chances are you’ve been brushing your teeth since you were a toddler. However, even with years of experience in this part of your dental hygiene routine, some questions can always crop up! Here are a few answers to common questions we hear about brushing your teeth.
Q: How often should I buy a new toothbrush?
A: Many people do not replace their toothbrush as much as they should. According to the American Dental Association, it is highly recommended that you replace your toothbrush every three months. Not certain when you last replaced your toothbrush? Try looking at your bristles. If they are showing wear or fraying, then they won’t be as effective in cleaning your teeth. You should also consider getting a new toothbrush if you’ve been sick, as your toothbrush can hold onto germs and make you sick again.
Q: What toothbrush should I buy?
A: It is a common misconception that you need to buy a firm-bristled toothbrush to be able to properly remove plaque from the surface of your teeth. However, it is actually strongly recommended that you use a soft-bristled toothbrush on your teeth, as this is the best tool to remove plaque and debris without damaging your enamel. Plaque is a soft substance that is quite easy to remove, so you don’t need to apply much force to successfully clear it away from the surface of your teeth. You might also consider buying a toothbrush with a smaller head, which can give you easier access to those difficult to reach places behind the teeth or in the back of your mouth. To ensure the toothbrush you’re purchasing is made with safe materials, look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance on the box before buying.
Q: What is the best method to brush my teeth?
A: The most effective way to brush your teeth is to hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle from the gums. Move the brush in tooth-wide strokes back and forth and repeat until you’ve gotten every surface of each tooth. Don’t forget to get every surface of your teeth—including the inner, outer, and chewing surfaces. You should also brush the tongue to remove the bacteria that resides there.
Q: How long should brushing my teeth take?
A: If done correctly, the process of brushing your teeth should last at least two minutes. That said, this timing actually feels quite a bit longer than you might think. Therefore, the best way to ensure you’re brushing thoroughly is to set a timer. This will allow you to see how long 120 seconds actually feels! By brushing your teeth completely and correctly, you’ll be able to prevent a number of oral health issues including bad breath, tooth decay, gingivitis, and more.
Want to ensure that your teeth are in good health? You may want to schedule your routine dental appointment for a professional cleaning and oral exam. Contact Aurora Dental Group today to book your visit!