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Brushing Teeth Correctly | Hawaii Family Dental

You probably have heard brushing teeth once in the morning and once at night is ideal. Did you it can get more exact too? The best time is to brush 30 minutes after breakfast and 30 minutes after your dinner or dessert, whichever is last. This is because eating and drinking can increase the pH levels inside your mouth and you want to wait for it to return to normal. 

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What Type of Toothbrush and Toothpaste Should I Use?

Two categories of toothbrushes exist, the traditional manual toothbrush and electric toothbrushes. Whichever one you choose, make sure its an American Dental Association (ADA) approved brush. You'll find the ADA logo on the packaging. Also, soft-bristled brushes are easier on the gums, and smaller heads make cleaning hard-to-reach areas more comfortable.

Tips To Follow

Here are a few tips the next time you brush your teeth:

 #1 Brush lightly. Gently brush the teeth and gums. Brushing too vigourously can cause the gums to recede.

#2 Brush your teeth twice a day. Brushing in the morning clears plaque that has accumulated overnight away. It also gets rid of any pieces of breakfast, which can cause bad breath.

#3 Brush for a full two minutes. Grab a timer or listen to a song. Some electric toothbrushes have built-in timers. This is one of the most common mistakes - you'd be surprised how many people don't brush for a full two minutes!

In addition to brushing and flossing, an antibacterial mouthwash with fluoride will also help prevent gingivitis.

 

If You Don't Brush Your Teeth, This Will Happen 

#1 Gritty Teeth. Not brushing leaves your teeth feeling gritty. The gritty texture is plaque that's accumulated on your teeth.

#2 Stained and Discolored Teeth. Teeth become stained over time. Certain foods and drinks, like coffee, discolor teeth faster than others. 

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

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