How to Take Care of Your Teeth the Right Way
Most people know to brush their teeth for two minutes twice a day, but keeping your teeth and gums healthy requires more than just regular brushing. At Easter DDS, we want our clients to know how to take care of their teeth the right way to avoid painful cavities and abscesses and preserve their teeth and smiles for longer.
The biggest mistakes people make when it comes to brushing their teeth are toothpaste choice and technique. It’s crucial to use toothpaste approved by the American Dental Association, and you are sure to find an option that works for you. Many brands touted as “organic” or “all natural” include compounds that can actually damage your teeth over time, and an ADA-approved formula will have much better results. There are special formulas for people with sensitive teeth, too.
When it’s time to brush, don’t brush too hard. Many people mistakenly think they need to scrub their teeth, when in reality, brushing too hard can actually speed up the tooth decay process. If the foods you consume throughout the day contain acids, they start wearing down tooth enamel almost immediately, leaving the surfaces of your teeth weakened. Brushing too hard can actually scrape away tooth enamel. Instead, use small circular motions that cover the entirety of each tooth and the gum line through your whole mouth.
Many people avoid flossing because they find it uncomfortable or cumbersome. There are many flossing aids available for people who have difficulty getting a piece of floss between crowded teeth. While some people believe they should floss after brushing, it may actually be better to floss before you brush. Flossing can dislodge large pieces of food from between your teeth that can become stuck in other parts of your mouth. Brushing after flossing helps clear this debris away for good, but some argue that brushing first removes the bulk of the plaque from teeth and makes flossing easier. Dentists remain divided on this issue, but the important part is to do both.
Mouthwash like Listerine is great for your breath and can wash away bacteria from the deep recesses of your mouth that a toothbrush can’t reach. It’s important to carefully read the directions before using any mouthwash, and talk to your dentist or Dr. Easter before trying a new mouth rinse. There are also options available with added fluoride that can be especially beneficial to your oral health.
If you are unsure about any aspect of your dental care regimen, talk to your dentist about your concerns. Choosing a new style of toothbrush, a new toothpaste with a more agreeable formula, or trying a mouth rinse in addition to your usual routine can all have positive benefits.
P. Bruce Easter, DDS is here to answer all of your oral health-related questions, so feel free to let us know how we can help.