You’re probably aware that you need to brush your teeth in order to maintain optimal oral health. However, are you brushing correctly? Many people don’t realize that there are specific recommendations for properly caring for your smile. With the right steps, you can reduce your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. At Ft. Worth Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, our team can discuss the best methods of caring for your smile.
The Importance of Brushing and Flossing Regularly
Regular maintenance helps remove both food particles and harmful bacteria from your mouth. Otherwise, bacteria break down the food particles. The result is an increase in oral acidity and bacteria coating the teeth in a sticky substance known as plaque. The result is weakened enamel. With the protective layer coating your teeth compromised, bacteria can reach the inner layer of dentin. Decay then forms, which can continue to spread and eventually lead to infection or possibly a dental abscess.
Two Minutes Each Time
You should brush your teeth twice a day, once in the morning and again before bed. When you do so, you should clean your teeth for two minutes per session. Doing so helps remove the bits of food and harmful bacteria from the surface of your teeth.
Pick the Right Brush
You should choose a brush that carries the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval. Likewise, your toothpaste should carry the same seal. The bristles should be soft. You will see medium and hard bristles and may assume that harder bristles mean a more thorough cleaning. However, harder bristles can actually wear away the enamel, increasing your risk of tooth decay.
Kids Must Brush, Too
Like adults, children need to brush their teeth twice a day. As soon as the first tooth erupts, you should use a cloth to gently clean the tooth. As more teeth arrive, pick up an age appropriate toothbrush. Picking one that features a favorite children’s character can be helpful. You should monitor your child to ensure they use their toothbrush properly and maybe make brushing with them a nightly and morning routine.
Would you like to find out more about improving your oral health? Then talk to Dr. Nikki Green or Dr. Ryan Knight about proper brushing and flossing. If you have any questions about maintaining oral health, call our Fort Worth dental office today at (817) 484-5774 to schedule your consultation.