Brushing your teeth is a simple part of your daily ritual. As an adult you have been brushing your teeth for many years, but are you brushing so you achieve optimal oral health benefits?
Brushing regularly is the most effective way to prevent tooth decay and cavities. If you are not brushing properly, you may be leaving behind food particles that could lead to serious plaque buildup and eventual dental concerns such as gum disease and decay. As you age, tooth decay can become a serious dental health concern that is linked to cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Do not let yourself become complacent in your oral hygiene routine. Stay diligent in your oral health care and maintain your healthy smile for the long run.
Chesapeake VA dentist Dr. John Cranham recommends brushing as your first defense against tooth decay.
Regular brushing and flossing in combination with your preventive care visits to our Chesapeake dentist office can help. Here is a great Tooth Brushing Infographic for more fun facts.
Buy A New Brush: Make sure you are not over using your toothbrush. You should replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months. Worn out toothbrushes are not as effective at getting your teeth clean. A good sign that it is time to replace your toothbrush is when the color on the bristles begins to fade.
All in the Angle: 45 degrees is the magic number for getting your optimal clean teeth. Dentists recommend holding your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to the gums for best results. Be gentle around your gums as they are easily agitated.
2×2: Do not forget to brush your teeth for a whole two minutes, twice a day. Make sure you brush for the whole two minutes, giving you plenty of time to brush all sides and angles of your teeth.
Find The Fluoride: Toothpaste is a critical component in your oral hygiene routine. DR.DENTIST recommends brushing with a toothpaste with fluoride. Fluoride helps to effectively fight plaque build up.
ADA Seal of Approval: Always check your dental hygiene products for the ADA seal. ADA products are subjected to rigorous scientific studies that often exceed what is expected by law. Purchasing ADA oral health products will ensure you are giving your smile the best possible care
If you have any questions about your tooth brushing habits ask Dr. Cranham at your next scheduled oral health exam. After a comprehensive dental exam, he can help you make informed decisions on which oral hygiene products are right for your specific oral health concerns.