Most people know that they should wash their teeth twice daily—once in the morning and again at night. But did you know that it's possible to be even more specific? Brushing is most effective 30 minutes after breakfast and 30 minutes after a dessert or final meal, whichever comes first. It would be best if you did this because you want to wait for your mouth's pH levels to return to normal. After all, eating and drinking can make them higher.
What Type of Toothbrush and Toothpaste Should I Use?
Traditional manual toothbrushes and electric toothbrushes are the two types of toothbrushes available. Make sure the brush you choose is American Dental Association (ADA) approved; you can see the ADA logo in the box. Additionally, cleaning difficult-to-reach places is more comfortable with smaller heads and soft-bristled brushes since they are softer on the gums.
Tips To Follow
Here are some pointers to keep in mind the next time you brush your teeth:
#1 Brush lightly
Brush your gums and teeth gently. Gum recession may result from overly vigorous brushing.
#2 Brush your teeth twice a day
Whether it's dinner or dessert, brush your teeth 30 minutes after your final meal of the day.
#3 Brush for a full two minutes
Set a timer or play some music. Some electric toothbrushes have built-in timers. Unfortunately, this is one of the most common mistakes - you'd be surprised how many people don't brush for a full two minutes.
An antimicrobial mouthwash with fluoride will also aid in preventing gingivitis and brushing and flossing.
The following will happen if you don't brush your teeth:
#1 Gritty Teeth
Your teeth feel gritty if you don't brush them, and it's the plaque that has built up on your teeth that causes this.
#2 Stained and Discolored Teeth
Over time, discoloring of teeth will happen. Coffee, for example, discolors teeth more quickly than other food and beverages.
#3 Red and Swollen Gums
Plaque and tartar quickly build up on the gums when you don't brush your teeth within days, causing them to hurt, swell, and turn bright red.