We want to make sure all of our patients, whether children or adults, brush their teeth each day to keep smiles healthy and avoid issues like tooth decay. But how often do we need to brush, and how do we do so properly? In today’s blog, your Bedford, MA, dentist will explain how to properly care for your smile, and keep teeth cavity-free.
Twice a Day
To start, whether you’re 4 or 40, you need to brush your teeth first thing in the morning, and then once more right before going to bed. This allows you to remove food particles at regular interval, preventing harmful oral bacteria from having the time to do so, and lowering the risk of serious plaque buildup and complications like tooth decay and gingivitis. Each session should take at least two minutes as well. Often, people brush for as little as 30 seconds, which doesn’t adequately clean every available surface of your smile.
Choosing the Best Toothbrush
What kind of toothbrush should you use? Well, what is your preference? As long as you take time to properly clean your smile, you could go with electric or manual and either would be just as good. However, we do suggest choosing one with soft bristles, as brushing too rough with hard or medium bristles could cause receding gums or damaged enamel. For children, make sure they have an age-appropriate one, so they can more easily maneuver it and keep their smiles clean.
Don’t Forget About Your Fluoride
Your toothpaste matters too! You should pick one that has fluoride in it. A naturally occurring mineral, it has been shown to strength the outer tooth enamel and help safeguard against enamel erosion and cavities. Then packaging should either say fluoride on it, or have the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance. Try to avoid ones that promotes whitening, as they could contain abrasive agents that weaken and erode enamel over time. They remove teeth stains, but also impact your smile in other ways. In addition, don’t forget that every evening you should take time to floss thoroughly, and remove what is beyond the reach of your toothbrush! If you have any questions about caring for your smile from home, or if you would like to schedule a visit for a checkup and cleaning, then contact our team today to learn more.
Do You Want to Learn More?
We want to make sure you and your loved one continue to maintain a strong and beautiful smile. To learn more about how we help you enjoy optimal oral health from home and at our office, then schedule a consultation by calling Kennedy Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Bedford, MA, today at (781) 275-0200.