Your teeth do so much for you and your body. They chew your food so you can digest it and stay energized, they help maintain your facial structure, and they let you express yourself with a nice big smile. You owe it to your teeth to give them the best care possible. Doing that starts with the daily act of brushing your teeth. Are you brushing your teeth right? There may be room to improve your habits. Thankfully, you can improve your brushing with these do’s and don’ts.
Brushing too hard can do untold damage to your gum tissue and wear down your enamel, actually causing you to become more susceptible to gum disease and cavities. Using a firm yet gentle brushing motion will yield you the best results.
Over time, you might begin to feel that you are brushing every inch of your smile after just a few seconds. That’s definitely not the case. You might also start to breeze through brushing because you are in a hurry to get somewhere. Be Sure to set aside time each and every day, at least twice a day, to get the most out of your brushing. It helps to time yourself while you brush. Start an alarm on your phone or play a song you like to make it fun.
If the bristles on your toothbrush have become broken and frayed, you need to replace your toothbrush. Using a toothbrush that is in this state does nothing to clean your teeth. Replace them at least every three months, or whenever the bristles become frayed, with a toothbrush that has the ADA seal of approval.
A good oral healthcare routine at home, along with regular visits to your dentist, can save you tons of money and stress in the long run. Contact us at our local Austin, TX office at 512-250-9444.