Tips for Brushing
Winston-Salem & Greensboro, NC
You have probably been brushing your teeth for years by now. You may think that you are a great brusher, but there are places that you might be missing. That may explain why you have a cavity every once in a while. If you are looking for ways to up your game with regard for teeth brushing, Eric J. Sadler, DDS & Associates has some tips for you.
A Little About Tooth Brushing
People have been cleaning their teeth for thousands of years. In the past, people cleaned their teeth on leaves or branches. Ancient tablets talked about using plants to brush teeth centuries ago. Today, we are still trying to have good oral health. You brush your teeth for a couple of different reasons. First, you brush your teeth to rid your mouth of plaque. The plaque is full of bacteria, which, if left untreated, will bore holes into your tooth enamel. This is what causes cavities, and that same bacteria causes gum disease.
You also brush your gums as well, to ward off gum disease. Gum disease is just as bad as tooth decay. In some ways, gum disease is worse, because we can cure tooth decay, but once gum disease gets bad enough, we can’t cure it.
How to Make Sure You’re Brushing Properly
The best brushing starts with a good toothbrush. Make sure you get new toothbrushes every couple of months. They need to be soft toothbrushes, because you don’t want to make your gums bleed. You also need to make sure you have a good toothpaste, with fluoride. Fluoride helps to keep your teeth strong and fight cavities.
Next, you need to brush your teeth for two minutes. Researchers know that people who brush their teeth for two minutes have fewer cavities than people who don’t brush their teeth for that long. Researchers say to brush your teeth in sections. First, you need to brush the outside of your teeth on the top jaw, and then the lower jaw. Second, you need to brush the inside of your teeth- or the back of your teeth- in the upper jaw, followed by the lower jaw. Then, you will need to brush the biting surfaces of all of your teeth. Finally, you need to brush your tongue.
Many people like to brush their teeth in small circles, because it helps to get the plaque from your gumline, as well as stimulate the blood flow to your gums. If you do decide to brush side to side, be sure that you don’t stay on your teeth too long, or you may overbrush. Overbrushing can lead to you cleaning the enamel right off your teeth- and enamel works to protect your teeth.
You can also improve your breath and reduce the bacteria in your mouth by a lot if you also brush your tongue. You need to save the tongue brushing for after you finish brushing your teeth and gums. After you brush your teeth and gums, you need to floss. Not all of us like to floss, but flossing helps to prevent cavities between your teeth. Be sure that you floss between all of your teeth twice a day.
If you need more information or tips about brushing, why not give Eric J. Sadler, DDS & Associates a call at (336) 331-5271.