Tuesday, July 15, 2014

BRUSHING TIPS FOR THE BEST RESULTS

We all strive for a nice, bright, healthy smile, and that involves taking good care of our teeth.  Even though you may be brushing the recommended twice a day, there are some things you should be mindful of the next time you brush your teeth.

Here are a few common mistakes we make when brushing:  

ARE YOU BRUSHING FOR LONG ENOUGH? 
Dentists recommend you brush for at least two minutes. Time yourself for ensure you are spending the right amount of time brushing until you think you've got the hang of it.

FLOSS, FLOSS, FLOSS!!!  It's important to floss daily as part of your oral routine.  Flossing after brushing is okay but even better if you floss before brushing – that gives the fluoride in your toothpaste a better chance of getting in between your teeth.

USE THE RIGHT TOOTHBRUSH.  All toothbrush bristles have a rating — hard, medium, soft, and extra soft. Just ignore the medium and hard bristles altogether – you’re brushing your teeth, not cleaning an oven!  A soft bristle does the job just fine without scrubbing away at your gums and enamel.

DUMP YOUR AN OLD BRUSH.  Buy a new toothbrush or replace the head of your electric toothbrush every three months.  When the bristles on your toothbrush begin to lose their shape, it’s time to get a new one.

SCRAPE YOUR TONGUE.  Bacteria on your tongue can cause bad breath and tooth decay. When brushing your teeth, remember to scrape or brush the surface of your tongue from the back to the front.

These are just some of the recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA).  Remember, prevention is always better than a (painful) cure!!!