The Truth About Brushing

You’ve heard all your life that you need to brush your teeth. Hopefully, you are one of the people who brushes regularly and never skips your dental checkup (or flossing,) but some people do.

Brushing your teeth is more than just keeping halitosis in check and getting rid of visible food particles. Your toothbrush is a tool that can help you stay healthy, not just for your teeth, but for your whole body.  Are you doing it right?

Twice Daily: Brush when you wake up and brush again before you go to bed. It’s less about getting food off your teeth (although that’s certainly a part) than it is about removing bacteria, and the plaque that bacteria leaves behind, to prevent decay.

Soft Bristles: Don’t use a stiff bristled brush on your teeth. You’re not cleaning grout, you’re taking care of living tissue! Stiff bristles can cause excess wear on your enamel and damage your gums. Instead choose a soft bristled brush.

Check Your Angle: Most adults have been taught to never brush side to side and always brush up and down.  Actually, you want to brush at a 45° angle, as a strict vertical movement can cause wear to your enamel, while a horizontal motion will not clean the surface very well.

Go Electric: An electric toothbrush with a vibrating head is likely to remove more plaque than a manual version. And many of them include a timer to ensure you brush long enough.

Change It Out: Every three months, get a new brush, or a replacement head for your electric brush. If you’ve been sick, get a new brush or run yours through the dishwasher.  This will help you keep bacteria and viruses out of your system.

When you’re ready to get a jump start on your dental hygiene, schedule your appointment at Encino Dental Studio!

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