DO Use a Quality Toothbrush
Americans spend $100 billion a year on hair products. However, they only spend $2 billion on dental care products. Investing in your oral health can improve your confidence. It can also enhance your overall health. Purchasing a $2 or $4 toothbrush every few months will not ensure good oral health. Dr. Lau at Meadowbrook Family Dental recommends an electric powered toothbrush. Good brands are Oral B and Philips Sonicare. Automatic toothbrushes scrub away plaque and bacteria in hard-to-reach places. A manual toothbrush cannot. Additionally, most electric toothbrushes have a built-in timer. This makes it easier to consistently brush for two minutes. Lastly, using soft bristles apply less pressure to your gums, removes plaque easier, and cleans your mouth.
DO Brush for 2 minutes, twice a day
People who brush only once, instead of twice a day, are 33% more likely to develop tooth decay. You may say, “I brushed this morning” or “ It’s not a big deal”. However, brushing at night is the most important time to brush for your oral health. Cavities form through sugars left on the teeth. Slowly, they decay the tooth’s surface. The longer the sugar is left on your tooth, the higher risk of developing a cavity or periodontal disease. These conditions will worsen your oral health. Brushing twice a day for two minutes each is less expensive. It also takes time compared to a filling or a dental crown.
DO Use a Proper Oral Health Technique
In addition to regular brushing, you should use correct oral health techniques. This can prevent diseases from developing. First, use a timer while brushing. If your toothbrush does not have one, set an alarm on your phone or watch for two minutes. At first, this may feel like a lifetime. However, if you brush for two minutes twice a day this time will speed by. Next, hold your toothbrush at a 45° angle. Softly brush small strokes moving up and down and then left and right. Brushing too hard may cause your gums to bleed. Remember to brush the front and the back teeth. If needed, spend extra time on the back molars.
DO Brush your tongue
Your tongue is unique. Just like fingerprints, no two tongues are alike! Forgetting your tongue will not improve your oral health. To scrub, you can use the bristles of your toothbrush. Some toothbrushes have tongue scrapers on the back. For the best clean, use a tongue scraper. Begin your oral health routine with cleaning your tongue. Gently glide the scraper across the surface of your tongue and the roof of your mouth. Move back and forth to loosen bacteria. This will improve your breath and oral health!
Rather than spending thousands of dollars and hours of time repairing decayed teeth, adopt these simple brushing habits. Visit or call Meadowbrook Family Dental at 916-912-4126 for more oral health tips tailored to your mouth.