Brushing your teeth is something you either do, or you know you should do. It’s a simple enough task that, when instilled from childhood, really doesn’t require much thought or effort. Yet we can all most likely admit a time or two when we skipped one of our recommended twice-daily oral hygiene sessions. If this becomes a regular habit, your teeth and gums could be in trouble. Are you well aware of the importance of proper dental self-care? When you do brush, are you doing so correctly?
Soft and Steady
What sort of toothbrush do you use? The next time you purchase a new one, consider your many choices and which one offers the most economical and effective option. The bristles on your new toothbrush should be soft. Hard bristles may seem like a way to give teeth a tougher cleaning. Unfortunately, too much of a good thing can be too abrasive for your tooth enamel. Brush firmly, but don’t put too much muscle into the process. If you spend a solid thirty seconds brushing each of the four quadrants of your mouth, you don’t have to end up with a hurt hand. Slow and steady wins the race.
You should replace your toothbrush (manual or electric head) every three months or less. Keep an eye on the look of your bristles to figure out if you may want to push this time frame up a little. You should also consider replacement if you are ill with a virus or a bacterial infection. Believe it or not, you should also make sure to keep your toothbrush six feet or further from your toilet to avoid contamination when anyone flushes.
Visit your Park Ridge Dentists
To learn more about restoring and protecting your smile after severe disease or tooth loss, including a diligent schedule of professional dental cleanings, schedule an appointment with your Park Ridge implant dentists by calling Loukas General Dentistry at (847) 696-1919. Located in the 60068 area, we proudly serve patients from Park Ridge and the surrounding Chicago communities.