Brush up on the basics to make sure that you are giving your smile the best care possible.
How often do you really think about how you brush your teeth? Probably not at all, right? That’s because you’ve been brushing and flossing your teeth for years. It seems like common sense and a natural habit, but it’s important to sometimes take a look at your oral routine to make sure that you are doing everything you can for your smile. Our Springville, UT family dentists, Dr. Stephen Pratt and Dr. Stephanie Winterton, want to make sure you are doing your part to keep your smile healthy.
How to Brush Your Teeth
It might seem like a silly statement since you’ve been brushing your own teeth for so long already but it’s amazing how we fall into bad habits or don’t even realize that we are missing a crucial component to our oral regimen until we do some research. You should spend at least 2 minutes brushing at least twice a day.
While you may already know this, you would be surprised how many people don’t even spend that much time brushing. If you aren’t sure, time yourself to make sure you are doing a thorough job.
The Toothbrush You Use
While we hear a lot of patients asking whether a manual or a powered toothbrush is better, we are here to tell you that whatever gets you brushing and whatever feels best for you will be the best option. No studies have found that either is more effective for cleaning, it’s how you clean that’s important. However, there are still some things to think about:
- If you have arthritis or other dexterity issues a powered toothbrush might be easier.
- You should never push too hard on your teeth while brushing. An electric toothbrush will provide the exact amount of pressure you need.
- A toothbrush doesn’t last forever. Replace a toothbrush head every 3-4 months or whenever the bristles start to splay out. Also, replace your toothbrush immediately after an illness to prevent putting that bacteria right back in your mouth.
Don’t Forget to Floss
As your Springville dentists will tell you, flossing is key to maintaining good oral hygiene. After all, a toothbrush won’t be able to get into all those tiny nooks and crannies between teeth like floss can. You should be flossing once a day, preferably at bedtime before you brush your teeth. Make sure you target every tooth and follow the curve of the tooth as you floss. Do not snap floss out of the tight spaces, as it can damage both gums and teeth.
Have questions about how to care for your smile from the comfort of your own home? Need to schedule your six-month cleaning? Then it’s high time you called Hobble Creek Dental Care in Springville, UT.