Your oral health it’s more important than you think, paying attention to your dental hygiene means taking care of your health and beauty. To maintain an optimal dental health, we recommend you some important tips about your toothbrush that you should take in consideration.
How to use your toothbrush
What the ADA recommends as a proper brushing technique is to:
- Place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums
- Move the brush back and forth gently in short strokes.
- Brush the outer surfaces, the inside surfaces and the chewing surfaces of all teeth.
- To clean the inside surface of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes.
- Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and keep your breath fresh.
When should I use it?
Brushing your teeth, it’s the most common method to clean your teeth, it’s an universal practice. For a healthy mouth and smile, you should brush your teeth after every meal or every time you eat sugary drinks or foods. This dental care routine will help you remove the food stuck between your teeth that could cause bacteria and plaque. Making this a habit can save you a lot of tooth aches. (Also see tips about how to travel with a toothbrush)
Which toothbrush is better?
Your dentist in Tijuana recommends you soft-bristle toothbrushes, this type of toothbrush will help you to brush your teeth without applying too much pressure which could impact negatively to your gums and enamel. The size and shape of your brush should fit your mouth allowing you to reach all areas that you need to clean easily.
When should I change it?
The dentists at Advanced Smiles Dentistry recommends you to replace your toothbrush every three months. Probably you’re asking yourself why to replace it that often… what happens with your toothbrush it’s that every time you use it, it becomes less effective to remove plaque and bacteria from your teeth and gums. Also, virus and bacteria can remain in toothbrush bristles which its not good for your hygiene.
There are other risks involved such as:
-Damaging your gums with an old toothbrush that it’s not soft anymore.
-Not cleaning your teeth properly which could lead to gingivitis.
-Getting sick because all the bacteria and fungus build up.
If you like to know more about your oral health you can always contact your dentist in Tijuana, Advanced Smiles Dentistry for a clinical evaluation. One of our patient coordinators can help you schedule an appointment.