Dental Health Minute: Brushing
You likely know that you should visit your dentist every six months for checkups and teeth cleanings as part of preventive dentistry in Mesquite, TX. And hopefully, you’re brushing your teeth after every meal or at least twice daily and flossing at least once. And you always want to go to bed at night with a clean mouth.
Acids and food particles collect on teeth; during sleep, your saliva lessens, meaning there is nothing to wash away these cavity-causing ingredients. Your toothbrush and floss are your only allies.
Visiting your dentist regularly and keeping a clean smile reduce your risks for tooth decay and other preventable conditions like gingivitis and gum disease.
Also, contact your dentist if anything changes—a sore in the mouth that does not heal or lingering tooth sensitivity.
Are You Brushing Your Teeth Correctly?
You may be brushing as often as necessary, but are you brushing correctly?
We recommend holding your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and cleaning every tooth on all surfaces, spending at least two minutes. It would be best if you also cleaned your tongue to keep your smile healthy and fresh.
When flossing, use a fresh string length for every pass-through, and never tug or force your floss through a tight or overlapping space.
Are You Using the Right Products?
Your toothbrush and dental floss should be approved by the American Dental Association, carrying the ADA seal of approval. And it would be best if you only used a soft-bristled toothbrush to brush your teeth gently.
Finally, be sure to replace your toothbrush every three to four months. With use, toothbrush bristles fray and collapse, making them less effective.
Contact your Mesquite, TX, Dentist
Your oral health is our top priority. So if it’s time for your checkup and teeth cleaning—or if you have any questions for our friendly and knowledgeable team—give us a call today.