You’ve been brushing since you were five. You switch to autopilot morning and night and get it over with. But are you doing it right? Believe it or not, many people are making mistakes when it comes to brushing. You may need to tweak your routine to better sustain your oral health in Cary and protect your smile from cavities and gum disease.
Here are critical tooth brushing tips:
1. Take your time.
It’s understandable. You want to get it over with and go to bed. Proper teeth cleaning takes time and careful attention. Time yourself the next time you brush—you might be surprised at how swiftly you finish. The process should take at least two to three minutes. It can also be beneficial to take a different route around your mouth every few days. By changing your process, you approach areas from a different, and possibly, better angle.
2. Don’t forget to floss.
No matter how agile you can be with your brush, it’s problematic to get rid of the plaque from all those narrow gaps between your teeth. That is where bacteria can easily increase and start the decay process, ruining oral health in Cary.
3. Use the right toothbrush.
It is ironic that some people damage their enamel or gums because they brush too vigorously with a rigid brush. Dr. Acton guides patients to only use a soft brush. If you’ve had gum grafts, you may want to use an extra soft brush. We recommend using sonicare electric toothbrushes which we sell at our practice.
4. Don’t keep your toothbrush near the toilet.
This is horrible to think about, but each time the toilet is flushed, bacteria is sent far into the air—even if you close the lid. Keep your toothbrush in a clean place and permit it to air dry.
5. Use fluoride toothpaste.
This may seem like a no-brainer but you may be surprised that some oral care products don’t contain fluoride. And you may think it’s only for kids. Not true. Your enamel is continuously under assault from acidic foods and drinks and fluoride helps it remineralize. Buy products with fluoride in them to improve oral health in Cary. Furthermore, we recommend patients get a fluoride treatment every 6 months which can be scheduled during your health and wellness visit.
If you are in the area and are wondering if you need a checkup, call us today at 919-371-4428 to schedule an appointment. Discuss any health problems or concerns with Dr. Acton at Cary Family Dental during your next cosmetic dentistry consultation. Our team would be happy to answer any of your questions. We also offer a large variety of services, such as porcelain veneers, sedation dentistry, and laser dentistry.