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The Correct Way To Brush Your Teeth | Hawaii Family Dental

The best time to grab your toothbrush and give your teeth two minutes of thorough cleaning is 30 minutes after eating. Eating and drinking, especially something acidic, increases the pH level inside your mouth. It will take some time for it to return to an average level. Thus, brushing right after can be harmful to the health of our pearly whites.

What Type of Toothbrush and Toothpaste Should I Use?

Two categories of toothbrushes exist the traditional manual toothbrush and electric toothbrushes. While each has unique benefits, the bristles must be soft to ensure a gentler touch on your teeth and gums. Also, looks for the ADA logo on the packaging to ensure your buying an ADA-approved toothbrush. Also, soft-bristled brushes are easier on the gums, and smaller heads make cleaning hard-to-reach areas more comfortable.

After brushing, rinse the toothbrush well and let it air dry. Replace it every three months.

Tips to Follow

Brush lightly. Gently brush the teeth and gums because hard brushing can cause gum recession and damage. Grip the toothbrush the same way you hold a pen for a lighter stroke.

Brush your teeth twice a day. Start and end your day by brushing to remove food particles that can linger and cause decay. Brushing in the morning clears away the plaque that accumulated overnight. It is also essential to clean your teeth before you sleep to rid your mouth of particles and bacteria you acquired throughout the day.

Brush for a full two minutes. Consider timing yourself to avoid overbrushing, which is also bad for the teeth and gums. You can also opt to use electric toothbrushes, which often come with timers.

More than twice-a-day brushing may be damaging rather than helpful. Although it may not always be the case, brushing more than twice a day can lead to more harm than good to your teeth. Brushing too frequently can damage or erode the teeth and gums.

What happens when you don't brush your teeth? 

#1 Gritty Teeth. Not brushing leaves your teeth feeling gritty. The gritty texture is your teeth, letting you know there's still plaque on them.

#2 Yellowing Smile. We all know that lack of dental care leads to yellowing of the teeth. Why, though, do the teeth turn yellow? Well, it's important to note that the enamel on your teeth is translucent in color.

The more enamel your teeth have, the whiter they naturally appear. Unfortunately, if you have yellowing teeth, your enamel layer is thinning and exposing your teeth' actual color. 

#3 Red, Inflamed Gums. Within days of not brushing your teeth, plaque and tartar begin to excessively form on the gums, making them sore, inflamed, and bright red. 

Use Mouthwash

Brushing and flossing alone do not altogether remove the bacteria in your mouth. An antibacterial mouthwash with fluoride will also fight bacteria in your mouth and help prevent gingivitis and other periodontal diseases. Look for a mouthwash with fluoride. Fluoride will help protect the tooth enamel, making it stronger and more resistant to bacteria, plaque, and tartar. Antimicrobial agents will reduce plaque deposits, and astringents reduce bad breath.

Here are some effective approaches toward keeping children’s teeth free of decay:

  • Start brushing your child’s teeth using fluoride-based toothpaste as soon as temporary teeth or "milk teeth" erupt. This roughly occurs when the baby is six months old.
  • Know that all kids can utilize toothpaste that contains 1,350 to 1,500 ppm fluoride, long as there is adult supervision while the child is brushing.
  • Always monitor your children as they brush their teeth until they reach the age of 7. Remind your children not to swallow toothpaste!
  • Kids under six-years-old without dental caries can utilize toothpaste that contains less fluoride. However, it is a must for a child to use toothpaste that has at least 1,000 ppm fluoride. For more information, ask your child's dentist.
  • Children who are under three-years-old must utilize a minimal amount of toothpaste, preferably pea-sized.
  • Brush a child’s teeth for approximately 2 minutes at least twice per day.
  • By the age of 8, children must be able to brush their own teeth. Adults must provide minimal supervision and ensure that kids already know the proper way of thorough brushing.
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