Two minutes that can save your teeth
By Dr. Brian Gardiner FLT News Columnist – One of the easiest ways to take care of ourselves is also one of the easiest to do incorrectly. Brushing your teeth was taught to you (hopefully) as a young child. Unfortunately, brushing with a correct technique can be hard to do. Some tips to remember:
- Brush for two minutes twice a day. You probably think you’re brushing long enough now, but almost no one does. Set a timer, play a song on your phone, or watch the clock. Whatever you do, you’ll be surprised how long a full two minutes can be.
- Brush your tongue, gums, and cheeks. Brushing these surfaces removes bacteria, can reduce the chances of developing gum disease and cavities, and can lead to good breath.
- Use a brush with softer bristles. Hard bristles can cause damage to your gums and teeth. The brush bristles are just a carrier and shouldn’t be hard enough to cause gum recession. Throw out those hard bristled brushes.
- Brush gently; don’t saw back and forth like a lumberjack. Go in small circles gently and angle the bristles into the gums, gently cleaning the small pockets that exist between your tooth and gum. Go gentle and don’t press the brush into your teeth.
- Rinse your toothbrush after each use and store upright in an open area to avoid trapping bacteria.
One sure-fire way to do a better job cleaning your teeth is to purchase a good electric toothbrush. An electric brush allows you to gently clean your teeth and most include a two-minute timer. You will notice a difference almost immediately, and so will your dentist.
If you have questions about brushing and flossing, or any general dental questions please don’t hesitate to call our office, Dental Reflections at Briarfield, 419-866-2400. Our staff will be happy to help you.