Most people brush their teeth. But it’s also important that you brush your teeth right. And if you’re not brushing your teeth everyday, or getting your children into the habit at least after breakfast and before bed, you should ingrain the habit in them now. A common pitfall is thinking about other things like your vacation plans or other day-to-day activities while you’re brushing your teeth and not focusing enough on brushing correctly.
Brush long enough. That’s not 30 seconds. It’s two to three minutes. You’ll want to spend 30 seconds on each section of your teeth, or quadrant, and make sure you get all the hard-to-reach places. Not to mention brushing each surface of your teeth. Especially the insides.
Some people forget to brush their tongue. The tongue is the number one contributor to bad breath as it harbors all kinds of bacteria that cause halitosis or bad breath. Make sure you get a toothbrush with a tongue scraper, as it will make the job that much easier. Ask your Dentist in Center City if you have questions about the best toothbrush to buy.
In addition to brushing at least twice daily and preferably after every meal, you’ll also want to floss every time you brush your teeth to dislodge the food from between your gums and prevent the build-up of bacteria on the gums.
Not only does flossing keep your gums healthier, but research from the Journal of Periodontology shows that flossing in concert with a good oral hygiene program of brushing twice a day reduced Gingival bleeding by 38 percent. In the group that did not floss, Gingival bleeding increased by four percent. It also reduces bad breath.
By taking your children to a good dentist near you in Center City, you can help instill in them the proper dental hygiene practices that will last a lifetime—like their teeth if they take care of them.