Long before you can probably even remember, you have been brushing your teeth to prevent dental problems, like gum disease and tooth decay. Although you may believe you have been doing an excellent job, most people do not brush their teeth correctly. As a result, your efforts to prevent dental problems are not as effective as you would like. While caring for your teeth seems self-explanatory, questions often remain about how to do so properly. You may not feel comfortable asking your dentist in Mt. Holly. We understand your concern, which is why we have the answers to your top questions to make the most of your oral hygiene routine.
How Often Should I Brush My Teeth?
It is best to brush your teeth after every meal; however, that is not always possible. At the very least, you need to brush your teeth twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoride toothpaste that has the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval.
How Long Should I Brush My Teeth?
Most people do not brush their teeth for the right length of time. Each time you brush, you need to do so for at least two minutes. This ensures you properly clean all surfaces of the teeth. Do not forget to brush along the gum line and the tongue.
Is an Electric Toothbrush Better?
Research shows that both a manual and electric toothbrush are equally as effective when used correctly. Unfortunately, most people do not use a manual brush properly, causing an electric toothbrush to be more effective. If you use a traditional toothbrush, hold it at a 45-degree angle to clean the surfaces of the teeth. Be careful not to brush too hard or too aggressively no matter which type you use.
If I Brush, Do I Still Need to Floss?
Although brushing is important to protecting your dental health, it is not enough. There are some areas in the mouth a toothbrush cannot reach, like the gum line and in between the teeth. As a result, you need to floss your teeth daily to prevent gum disease by removing plaque and tartar buildup. Choose an ADA-approved dental floss to clean in between each tooth and around the gum line every night before you go to bed.
What More Can I Do to Protect My Teeth?
Caring for your teeth and gums is easy with the right home oral hygiene habits. In addition to brushing and flossing correctly, limit the number of snacks you eat throughout the day, especially those that are high in sugars and acids.
While your home care is your first line of defense, you also need to see your dentist every six months for a professional cleaning and checkup. This helps to prevent common dental problems from occurring as we can monitor your oral health for early detection and intervention. This will help to ensure your smile stays healthy and lasts a lifetime.
Together, we will help you reach your oral health goals through proper preventive care. Contact Mt. Holly Family Dentistry today to schedule your preventive dental appointment.