Brushing your teeth may seem like a pretty basic part of hygiene, but in all reality, it is something not all adults are doing right. Sure, you may brush and floss regularly. You may even think you have a good hand on your oral health; When you make that fateful trip to the dentist’s office, though, and find that you are not as on top of things as you thought you were, you’ll quickly realize you may have trouble with your day to day routine.
Here are some great tips to help you get back on track with the best teeth brushing, and the result of good oral checkups;
The recommendation used to be to brush when you get up in the morning, after each meal, and before bed. Now it is a bit different. The experts say you should brush at least 2 times a day – morning and night – but no more than 3 times a day with an after lunch brushing added to the other 2 times. The reason is that excessive brushing may be harmful to your gums. If you brush in the morning, after lunch, and before bed, you are doing very well.
You want to make sure you are using a good toothbrush. That means one with either soft or extra soft bristles because if you get something firmer, you may harm the enamel on your teeth or even damage your gums. Another part of the quality is the force you use while brushing. You will almost always brush with the right pressure if you practice holding your toothbrush the same way you might hold a writing instrument such as a pencil, not too firm and not too lightly.
It may sound silly, but if you think you might not be spending enough time brushing, set a timer for a couple of minutes. You should brush for about 2 minutes each time you brush, no less. Also, develop a routine of what order you brush in. This will help you stay on top of each area of your mouth.
It’s important to change your toothbrush every few months. Three months is the longest you should go with one toothbrush. If the bristles start to look worn before then, change it sooner. When you replace an old toothbrush, make sure the new one has the ADA (American Dental Association) seal. Also, pay attention to the firmness of the brush; make sure you have a soft one.
Good oral hygiene is important to your overall health. If you follow these tips, you should have a good report at your next dental appointment.