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The Correct Way To Brush Your Teeth | Hawaii Family Dental

Most people know to brush their teeth once in the morning and once at night. Did you know it can be even more specific though? 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. 

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.

Brush your teeth 30 minutes after your last meal at night, whether its dinner or dessert.

#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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