Even though your brush your teeth twice each day, are you sure you are brushing correctly? Many people are unaware of the best way to brush to keep your teeth and gums clean and free from decay. You’ll find Dr. Ernest Dellheim, Dr. Sheena Hauser, and Dr. David Block at Main Line Center of Dental Excellence, located in Narberth, PA. They can help you maintain a good oral care routine.
Brushing Up on Your Oral Care
Here are some tips to help do the best job of brushing your teeth:
- When to brush: Dental experts recommend that you brush twice each day, morning and night. You should never brush directly after eating a meal, especially if you have been eating acidic foods, as this can damage your teeth enamel. Wait at least 30 minutes. When you’ve finished brushing your teeth, don’t forget to clean your tongue.
- What to use: If you are using a manual toothbrush, pick a brush with soft bristles that fits comfortably in your mouth. Using a sonic toothbrush can reduce your risk of plaque build-up and gingivitis more than a traditional toothbrush.
- How to brush: Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle at the point where your teeth and gum meet. Use a gentle circular motion as you move along your teeth. Avoid brushing too hard otherwise you may damage your gums. Brush your teeth and gums inside, outside, and along the biting surfaces. You should spend about two minutes brushing your teeth.
- How to store your brush: It’s important to keep your brush clean to avoid bacteria growing on its bristles. When you’ve finished brushing, rinse your toothbrush well with fresh water. Store it in an upright position away from other toothbrushes.
- When to buy a new toothbrush: You should replace your manual toothbrush or the head of your power toothbrush at least every three months.
As well as regular brushing, developing a good oral care routine should also include daily flossing with nylon floss or a water floss and regular six-month visits to your dentist.
If you are looking for a dentist in Narberth, contact Dr. Ernest Dellheim, Dr. Sheena Hauser, and Dr. David Block of Main Line Center for Dental Excellence at (610) 664-6061.