From the Dentist: The Best Way to Brush

Brushing tips from a dentist“How many times a day do you brush? Floss?” Come on, you know you hear it every time you visit the dentist. Chances are, you don’t brush long enough, and you probably don’t floss enough. Because of that, you’re left with an awkward moment between you and your dentist or hygienist, where you don’t know what to say. They don’t do it to bother you – they do it because they care about you, your teeth, and your health. You have to maintain your teeth – not doing so will result in damage to your teeth, or possibly their permanent loss. So what should you be doing to maintain your oral health? Check out our list of easy tips and tricks below!

  1. Don’t pick up the cheapest brush. Your dental care matters, and that’s exactly why you need to be careful about choosing the right brush. If the bristles are too hard, they can irritate your gums and make them bleed, and sometimes cause them to recede in vulnerable areas. On top of that, hard bristles can cause extra wear on your teeth. Best practice: ask your dentist what type of brush they recommend for you and your mouth, or minimally choose a brush that has soft bristles.
  2. Brush often, but not too often. You should be brushing your teeth at least 2 times a day, but there’s really no need to brush more than 3 times a day. Each time you brush, make sure you’re spending at least two minutes for the entire process. Don’t do too much though – it will wear down your teeth’s protective enamel, and might even damage your gums.  Also, do not brush immediately after a meal containing citric acid – wait at least 30 minutes to allow your saliva to neutralize the acid.
  3. Make sure that you’re brushing well. The teeth at the back of your mouth can be hard to reach, and most people actually miss them while they’re brushing. To reach those teeth toward the back, close your mouth slightly, and you’ll be able to get to them easier. Also, try to pay attention to how you brush. Most people brush side to side, but it’s actually better to brush up and down with short strokes starting at the gumline. Remember to position your brush vertically when brushing the tongue side of your front teeth.
  4. Floss like a boss. Flossing gets that plaque between your teeth that can cause tooth decay. Make sure that you’re gentle though – if you get too forceful sliding the floss between teeth, you could accidently damage your gums. Try to curve the floss around each side of your tooth and below the gumline to make sure you get everything. The next time you visit your dentist, ask for a quick tutorial, and they’d be happy to show you the best way to floss.If you absolutely hate flossing with regular floss (nylon or PTFE), try using a water flosser, they are amazing!
  5. Swish around with a natural mouthwash. Not only does it freshen your breath – it helps fight cavity causing bacteria and can help prevent gum disease! Because we practice natural dentistry at Elevate Dental Wellness, we recommend staying away from mouthwashes that contain fluoride, and other harmful ingredients as we believe that there are less toxic ways to enhance remineralization and reduce demineralization on your teeth. Talk with your dentist about some of your natural options for mouthwash!
  6. Check in for a checkup. Most dentists recommend a checkup and dental cleaning every six months. It’s a great way make sure that your teeth are in tip top shape, and helps catch many dental problems earlier. Our best advice is to check with your dentist, as some people may only need a checkup once a year, but others may need to check in more often based on their general health.  Remember, dental care isn’t expensive, neglect is.

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