One of the most important things you need to do to protect your teeth is to brush them regularly. However, there are right and wrong ways of brushing teeth. For instance, according to Super Smile, dentists recommend positioning your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle for the most effective brushing. Here are some other brushing tips from a dentist you may not be aware of.
Brush All Surfaces
If you don’t pay too much attention to how you brush your teeth, chances are you will focus on one area and ignore all the other surfaces of your teeth. However, this is not an effective way to brush your teeth. Whenever you brush your teeth, try to start in a different area of your mouth. In general, the area you start with will most likely get more attention than the rest of your mouth. Choosing a starting point randomly will ensure that every corner of your mouth gets proper attention. Apart from that, you must also brush the inner sides, chewing surfaces, and molars. Once you are done brushing, don’t forget to floss. Your toothbrush’s bristles are not able to reach the areas between your teeth that can harbor food particles and tartar.
Use Fluoride Containing Toothpaste
Fluoride is found in naturally occurring sources of water. It has been shown to strengthen your teeth and prevent cavities. There are very few toothpaste options that don’t contain fluoride on the market. However, unless you have been advised to use fluoride-free toothpaste by a dentist, you should stick to using fluoride-based toothpaste options.
Avoid Rinsing Your Mouth After Brushing
As mentioned before, you need fluoride to protect your teeth from decay and damage. Most people tend to rinse their mouths after brushing their teeth. This just eliminates the fluoride from your mouth. This means you will be basically exposing your teeth to fluoride for a limited amount of time. In fact, studies show that people who don’t rinse after brushing their teeth have a lower risk of developing cavities than those who rinse.
These are some tips you can use to brush your teeth more effectively. It’s very important to ensure that you brush your teeth the correct way so you can protect them. Are you having problems with your teeth? Contact us to have a dentist examine you. We would love to hear from you.