When it comes to regular teeth brushing, hopefully, the answer will be at least twice a day, but here at Avery’s Creek Family Dentistry, we know that some people forget to brush frequently enough, especially if they are tired or pushed for time. It is easy to imagine that forgetting to brush quite as often as you know you should won’t make a great deal of difference to your dental health, but unfortunately, you probably know, deep down that this really isn’t true.
Why You Should Brush Regularly
Teeth brushing is one of the easiest ways to help maintain good dental health. Making sure you brush your teeth regularly and thoroughly will greatly help to decrease your risk of common dental problems including tooth decay and gum disease. A good oral hygiene routine will also save you money in the longer term, as the long-term costs of restoring or even having to shell out for replacement teeth can add up over your lifetime. Additionally, who wants to suffer from a toothache? Regular teeth brushing will help to reduce your risk of tooth infections, especially when combined with regular visits to our local dentist here at Avery’s Creek Family Dentistry.
What Happens if You Fail To Brush Frequently Enough?
As you read this, just take a moment to run your tongue over your teeth. If you can feel any sticky or almost furry patches on your teeth, then this is a sign that you really need to brush and that it has probably been a good few hours since you last brushed your teeth. This feeling is caused by a buildup of plaque that creates a sticky biofilm over the surface of your teeth. If you don’t brush often enough, plaque soon hardens into tartar or calculus. This can look unsightly, creating a white or yellowish line around the margins of your teeth where they meet your gums.
Why You Should Worry About Plaque and calculus on Your Teeth
Even if this doesn’t bother you, the presence of plaque and calculus should, as it contains bacteria that will infect and inflame your gums. Failing to brush frequently greatly increases your chances of developing a gum infection called periodontitis. This is a serious condition that can cause tooth loss and it’s also been associated with many health problems that include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis, to name just a few. Calculus can only be removed during a dental cleaning here at Avery’s Creek Family Dentistry.
Why risk your teeth and your health when teeth brushing takes just a few minutes each day to keep your teeth beautifully clean. Regular teeth cleaning will keep your teeth looking their best at all times, prolonging the effects of treatments such as teeth whitening. It’ll also help keep your breath fresh.
Making Sure You Brush Your Teeth Thoroughly!
You need to spend just two minutes each time to thoroughly brush all your tooth surfaces. The easiest way to make sure you brush your teeth properly is to think of your mouth is being split into four quarters or quadrants. You can then concentrate on spending 30 seconds cleaning one quadrant before moving onto the next. Hold your brush at a 45° angle and begin to clean the outer surfaces of your teeth. Holding your brush at this angle will ensure the bristles can reach right down to the gum line as this is where plaque tends to build up. Once you’ve cleaned the outer surfaces of your teeth, clean the chewing surfaces before moving onto the inner surfaces of your teeth that are closest to your tongue.
Don’t Brush Too Hard
You don’t need to brush very hard, as it’s more about technique. Brushing too hard could actually damage your gum tissue or could wear away your tooth enamel. Instead, think about using circular movements or up-and-down movements to thoroughly clean all your tooth surfaces.
Brushing for Two Minutes Each Time
If you use an electric toothbrush then it’s easy to know once your two minutes are up as it will have a built-in timer that will most likely alert you every time you need to move onto a new section of your mouth. If you prefer to use a manual toothbrush then it’s more difficult to keep track of the time, so think about keeping a timer in your bathroom, or even use a toothbrush app that could also help you track your tooth brushing habits.
What Is the Best Time to Brush Your Teeth?
Ideally, the best time to brush your teeth is when you first get up in the morning and at night before you go to bed. The reason why is because your mouth is drier overnight as you produce less saliva. The drier conditions allow bacteria to thrive, so by brushing your teeth first thing in the morning, you’re removing much of this buildup. By making sure you brush your teeth before you go to bed, you can ensure you go to sleep with the cleanest mouth possible, helping to reduce the buildup of bacteria overnight. Of course, if you want to, you can also brush after mealtimes but it’s best to wait a while before you do so.
Why You Shouldn’t Brush Immediately After Eating
It’s easy to think the best approach towards teeth brushing would be to brush them as soon as possible after eating. In fact, it’s better to wait at least half an hour to an hour after eating. This is because immediately after eating, bacteria in your mouth will feed on the leftovers, producing acid which increases the overall acidity in your mouth. These acids will soften your tooth enamel, removing important minerals such as phosphorus and calcium. Softer tooth enamel is more susceptible towards cavities. If you brush your teeth straight away then you will do more damage to the softer tooth enamel than if you wait. This is because the acidity levels in your mouth will gradually begin to normalize, allowing some of the minerals leached out from your tooth enamel to be redeposited. This effect is called demineralization and remineralization. Waiting just a while before teeth brushing will decrease the risk of damage due to acid erosion.
Please don’t forget, our friendly dental team can provide excellent customized advice on teeth brushing and teeth cleaning, Just ask us for help! Call Us Today on (828)-676-2144
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