If you are like most people, you’ve never given that much thought to brushing your teeth. You’ve been doing this dental hygiene regimen since you were probably three so what’s there left to know more about this daily ritual? Dr. Compton in South Concord, NC would like you to know there’s actually a lot which you might not understand about the simple act of tooth brushing.
1. The bristles matter.
Gingivitis is caused by bacterial infection of the gums but it can also be caused by exerting too much effort when you brush your teeth. Hard bristles can irritate your gums especially if you brush with gusto. The solution is simple: look for a brush with soft bristles. The problem is that toothbrush brands don’t often sell soft-bristled toothbrushes. If you can’t find a soft-bristled toothbrush in any grocery or drug store, Dr. Compton will have some on hand and can provide you with one.
2. Go for electric toothbrushes.
Contrary to what most people think, electric toothbrushes are actually more efficient in cleaning teeth than brushing manually. This is because the rotating-oscillating movement of toothbrush bristles is what removes food debris and plaque from teeth, not necessary the amount of force you exert when brushing. And on top of a more thorough clean, electric toothbrushes also lessen your risk for having gingivitis due to friction.
3. Use a fluoride-containing toothpaste.
With all the different types of toothpaste available on the market, it’s easy for you to be swept into picking out a fancy toothpaste which does not contain fluoride. Fluoride is necessary in the remineralization process or the precipitation of enamel crystals which strengthens and fortifies this layer. A thicker enamel keeps you from having cavities and subsequent tooth decay.
4. Brush for at least two minutes.
Most individuals hardly spend 30 seconds on brushing their teeth. However, it is necessary for you to brush your teeth for at least two minutes to ensure that the majority of the plaque and food debris are really removed. If you want your kids to adhere to this two-minute rule, then train them to use a timer when they brush their teeth. Another way, which can actually make brushing more fun for them, is to buy a toothbrush which has a built-in timer that way they’re having fun while brushing.
Schedule your checkup with your Concord, NC dentist, Dr. Clifford Compton today.