Brush After Eating
Get into a routine of brushing and flossing at least twice per day. Many studies suggest that your oral hygiene would also benefit from brushing after every meal.
Toothbrushes may vary, but make sure the one you choose has soft bristles and that you are not scrubbing your teeth. It is also beneficial to use an electric toothbrush that has the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval. Studies show that powered toothbrushes with a rotating and oscillating (back-and-forth) action are more effective than other toothbrushes, including other powered toothbrushes.
Make sure to brush all surfaces of the teeth, tongue-side and cheek-side. We suggest you pay special attention to the front teeth and all surfaces of the back teeth. Make sure you brush the chewing surfaces vigorously with short back-and-forth strokes. Please be very careful to be gentle on your gums.
Always brush your tongue, as this helps remove plaque, which can cause bad breath and help bacteria grow. Some toothbrushes now have a specific brush to use for your tongue.
Floss at least once a day. The type of floss you use is not important. Choose the type and flavor that you like best and that allows you to get in between every tooth to work the gum line as well. You can also use a plastic flossing tool that makes flossing easier. Do not forget to have your kids floss as well. Child-size flossing tools are available for parents to use to floss their children’s teeth.
Contact our office at 630-668-3423 today to learn more about oral hygiene in Wheaton, Illinois, and to schedule a visit with Dr. Rob Holdridge. Our dentist and team are excited to see you.