Tooth Brushing Tips for the New Year

In our last post, we discussed some tips for having a healthy mouth in 2017. Now we’ve got some tips, courtesy of the American Dental Association, on how to do your best when it comes to brushing your teeth. The following reminders will serve you well not just in the new year, but for many years to come.

brush2Replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months or with each new season. Frayed and broken bristles are a sign that it’s time to purchase a new toothbrush. Be sure to get one with the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

Brush longer—at least a full two minutes, twice per day. Most of us brush for about 45 seconds. Setting a timer will help you get a feel for how long two minutes is.

Choose a toothbrush with soft bristles. Medium and hard bristled toothbrushes may wear down the outer shell of your teeth and may cause sensitivity when eating or drinking cold food and beverages.

Brush gently. Contrary to what you might think, a gentle brushing is all that is needed to remove most food particles and bacteria. Too much pressure may wear down the hard outer shell on your teeth and damage your gums

Don’t brush right after eating. Instead, wait at least 30 minutes especially if you have consumed acidic foods or beverages. While waiting, drink water or chew sugarless gum to help clean your mouth.

Store your tooth brush properly. Your toothbrush should be stored in the upright position and out in the open where it can air dry. Keeping brushes in a closed container provides an opportunity for germs to grow. When toothbrushes are kept in a holder next to other toothbrushes, germs can easily spread from one toothbrush to another.

Use the proper technique. There is a best way to brush. First, place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums. Then, gently move the brush back and forth in short (tooth-wide) strokes. Next, brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth. Finally, clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth by tilting the brush vertically and making several up-and-down strokes.

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