Take Care of that Wonderful Smile

The line between good and bad teeth is marked by your little actions. Why can two smiles be so different? It is all in how they brush, when they brush and what they use to brush.

Brush your teeth twice a day. When you brush, don’t rush. Take time to do a thorough job.

Use the proper equipment. Use a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush that fits your mouth comfortably. Consider using an electric or battery-operated toothbrush, which can reduce plaque and a mild form of gum disease (gingivitis) more than does manual brushing. These devices are also helpful if you have arthritis or other problems that make it difficult to brush effectively.

Practice good technique. Hold your toothbrush at a slight angle — aiming the bristles toward the area where your tooth meets your gum. Gently brush with short back-and-forth motions. Remember to brush the outside, inside and chewing surfaces of your teeth, as well as your tongue.

Sourced from: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/dental/art-20045536

So how exactly should you be brushing your teeth? Well there is a certain procedure to follow. You should be brushing twice a day. The brush should be held at a degree angle to your gums.

Brushing your teeth is an important part of your dental care routine. For a healthy mouth and smile the ADA recommends you:

Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush. The size and shape of your brush should fit your mouth allowing you to reach all areas easily.

Replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won’t do a good job of cleaning your teeth.

Make sure to use an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste.

The proper brushing technique is to:

Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums.

Gently move the brush back and forth in short (tooth-wide) strokes.

Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.

To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes.

Sourced from: www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/b/brushing-your-teeth


What type of toothpaste should you use? Well asking your dentist this question is compared to asking a dermatologist what kind of soap should you use. Toothpaste is a cosmetic product that comes in many brands but too much of it is dangerous hence moderation while brushing is advised.

We brush our teeth so that out mouths no longer taste like… mouth. Mouth tastes gross, right? It tastes like putrefied skin. It tastes like tongue cheese. It tastes like Cream of Barf.

On the other hand, toothpaste has been exquisitely designed to bring you a brisk rush of York Peppermint Patty, or Triple Cinnamon Heaven, or whatever flavor that drives those tubes off of the shelves in the confusing dental aisle of your local supermarket or drugstore.

Sourced from: http://www.dentalbuzz.com/2014/12/30/toothpaste-can-do-more-harm-than-good/