1. Replace your toothbrush
Many people believe you only need to replace your toothbrush every 6 months, but that is not the case. Your toothbrush should be replaced every 3 months or whenever there are clear signs of deterioration of the bristles. If your bristles are too broken down and frayed, they are not effectively removing plaque from your teeth and your gum line.
2. Use the proper toothbrush
It’s not uncommon for people to think that using a soft bristled toothbrush is not effective at cleaning their teeth. This is not true for most people. Soft bristled toothbrushes allow for deep cleaning of teeth and gums without running the risk of damaging enamel or gums. If you’re unsure of whether or not a soft tooth brush is adequate, consult with your dentist.
3. Use the right brushing technique
For your gums especially this is about the most important thing you can do to prevent decay or deterioration. While brushing you should hold your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle while brushing in small circles along the gum line and over your entire tooth. You should also make absolutely sure that you’re reaching all of your teeth, especially the molars in the back that are missed or not brushed thoroughly enough.
You should also brush twice a day for around two minutes. Many people do not brush their teeth long enough. An easy way to ensure you’re getting all of your teeth in two minutes is to split your mouth into quadrants and brush each area for 30 seconds each.
4. Use the right toothpaste
No matter what your specific needs are, you should only use toothpaste that is approved by the ADA. For those with sensitive teeth there are many options available. Whitening toothpaste that is approved by the FDA is safe for most teeth. Most dentists also recommend that your toothpaste include fluoride.
At Halonen Family Dentistry in Battle Creek, we have over 35 years of experience in seeing and treating children, teens, and adults.