There’s more to keeping those pearly whites in good health than brushing back and forth a few times. Here are our best tips for keeping your smile in tip top shape!
- Get the right tool. A man-sized brush for a toddler just wouldn’t make sense. Make sure you’ve got the right size brush for your mouth. (Hint: If you’re having trouble maneuvering it to get everywhere, it’s probably too big.) It’s also smart to opt for softer bristles.
- Use the right paste. There are so many options on the market today that simply choosing a toothpaste can be stressful! The whitening kinds are often harsh and abrasive. We recommended a regular fluoride toothpaste without all the bells and whistles. If you want a whiter smile, alternate between regular and whitening versions. Using a whitening paste daily can brush away more than stains: It can remove enamel.
- Replace as needed. If your toothbrush has seen more than one seasonal change, it’s time to let it go. We recommended replacing your toothbrush at least every three to four months. Your bristles will wear down and become less effective over time. When you see them lose flexibility or smoosh together, go get a new one.
- Don’t skimp on time. You should brush your teeth at least twice daily, but three times, after each meal, is ideal. And aim for two minutes during each session. Think of your mouth as four sections and spend 30 seconds on each. Use a fun app for kids to encourage them to brush the full two minutes.
- Be gentle. Brushing too hard or aggressively can be very hard on gums. Go easy when you brush. The back and forth motion will remove the plaque; you don’t need much pressure.
- Start in new spots. Do you always start on the bottom right? Switch things up sometimes to ensure equal cleaning time.
- Perfect your technique. The motion you use to brush really does make a difference. Here’s how to ace your technique for a bright, happy smile:
- Don’t saw. If your movements resemble the back and forth of a saw, change it up. With that technique, you’re being really tough on your teeth and removing enamels and wearing down your gums. Put the brush on your teeth and wiggle it around a bit to make sure the bristles get down into all the crevices. From here, use short gentle motions and make your way around your mouth, keeping the brush at a 45 degree angle whenever possible.
- Slow down. The fast, hurried motions you used when sawing aren’t necessary. Slow down a bit and take your time with coverage.
If it’s time for a checkup or you could use some brushing tips, give us a call! We’d love to help you have a healthy, confident smile now and all year long.