How to Keep Your Mouth in Great Health
We all know that brushing and flossing regularly is a good way to keep your teeth clean, but what do you need to know about it? How often should you brush your teeth? What should be the right toothbrush size for you? We have the answers from Dentist Cambridge so read on to learn more!
The first thing to know is that it’s important to brush your teeth at least twice a day. Your mouth produces plaque, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease if not removed regularly with brushing or flossing. It takes approximately two minutes for the average person to properly brush their teeth using the right technique (and without rushing!)
Teeth should be brushed after every meal when possible, especially before going to bed at night. If you eat sugary items like soda pop or candy bars, make sure you brush afterward because these types of foods are known for causing cavities and other dental problems over time. Make sure too that you choose an appropriate toothbrush size: children may need smaller ones than adults do! good way to tell what size would be appropriate is to measure the handle against your hand. You should easily fit three fingers in between the toothbrush and your palm, which will ensure that you’re able to brush every part of each single tooth without a problem.
Be sure also when brushing not to rush it! It’s important too make sure that you move around all sides of teeth with circular motions using a soft bristled brush or an electric one if need be (the latter especially for people who have braces). Be careful while brushing though because overzealous scrubbing can cause gums to recede and even expose some dental roots. The best way avoid this from happening? Brush gently but thoroughly, being mindful not to press down on hard surfaces where possible so as not to damage teeth or gums.
In addition to brushing, flossing is also an important part of good dental hygiene as it can remove plaque from between your teeth and below the gum line where a toothbrush doesn’t usually reach. Floss carefully using about 18 inches or 45cm of string per session.