Most people think they have a pretty good idea of how to properly brush their teeth. This is because most of us have been doing it since the ages of around 5 or 6 years old. However, there’s a pretty good chance that you haven’t reevaluated your brushing habits since you learned how to brush your teeth!
Proper Brushing Technique
Below are a few ways that you can brush up on your brushing habits:
Twice Daily – The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth at least twice daily. Once in the morning when you wake up and once in the evening right before bedtime. It might be a good idea to work a third brushing in during the afternoon, just to clean your teeth after lunch.
Two Minutes a Time – If you spend less than two minutes brushing your teeth, you may not be thoroughly cleaning each tooth. There are a few ways to help yourself remember to brush for two minutes – setting a timer on your phone, brushing through an entire commercial break, or humming the length of an entire song. Whatever works for you!
Check Your Brush – Make sure your toothbrush has soft or medium bristles. Firmer bristles may cause damage to your tooth enamel. Second, make sure your toothbrush is ADA approved. This ADA approval means that the brush has undergone testing to ensure safety and proper cleaning. Lastly, make sure you’re replacing your toothbrush every six months or when the bristles begin to fray, whichever comes first.
Be Gentle – Lastly, there’s no reason to be too rough when brushing your teeth. Brushing too vigorously may damage your tooth enamel, and brushing gently cleans just as well.
For more information on properly brushing your teeth, or if you need to schedule a dental cleaning and exam, please contact Severance Dental. Our family dental office is located in Severance, Colorado.