For an activity that everyone is expected to perform since they are a child, a surprising number of people aren't that brushed-up on good tooth brushing habits. Many people unfortunately aren't brushing their teeth as well as they could be, leading to cavities and gum disease. The good news is, however, that good brushing habits are easy to develop and easy to stick to. That's why the Edmonton dentists of Azarko Dental Group have put together this handy and easy-to-follow guide for effective tooth brushing habits.
How Long to Brush For
Edmonton dentists will tell you that you should be brushing your teeth for at least two whole minutes each time you brush. A fast and furious 20-second scrub just isn't thorough enough to remove all of the food particles and plaque from your teeth. In order to make sure that you're brushing for two minutes, simply set a timer on your phone or use the timer on your electric toothbrush if you have one.
When to Brush
You'll be able to reap the most benefits from brushing your teeth if you brush twice a day: once in the morning and once in the evening. If you have the time and the opportunity, then brushing after every meal can even further help to reduce the growth and spread of plaque bacteria. You'll want to wait a short while after eating, however, so as not to damage tooth enamel.
How to Brush
Without consulting an Edmonton dental clinic, many people aren't actually too well-versed on proper brushing technique. You'll want to hold your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to your teeth instead of flat against your teeth. You also need to be thorough as you move from the back to the front of your mouth, making sure to brush the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of your teeth.
What Type of Toothbrush to Use
When it comes to toothbrushes, you can choose between an electric or a manual brush. Electric toothbrushes, though more costly, tend to do a better job of getting rid of plaque. They are also easier to use and, as mentioned above, many of them come with a timer. Nevertheless, a manual toothbrush can work just as well as long as you have the right brushing technique. To decide which is right for you, just take the advice of your dentist.
Need More Pointers? Visit Your Edmonton Dentist Today
You can't be positive about how effective your brushing habits are unless you visit an Edmonton dental clinic for a check-up. Your dentist can tell you if what you're doing is working to keep your teeth and gums healthy and clean, and provide you with some pointers if it looks like you have some trouble spots.
If it's time for your regular cleaning and check-up, you can schedule an appointment at one of the Azarko Dental Group clinics today.