Brushing your teeth is an important part of good oral hygiene and something that you do daily, hopefully more than once. Despite the fact that you do this so often, there is a good chance that you might not be brushing your teeth properly. Your dentist, Steven Kacel DDS, MAGD, FADI, in Highland Park, IL is here to offer advice on what to do and what not to do when brushing your teeth.
Be sure to use the right technique when brushing. Your trusted Highland Park, IL dentist recommends holding your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle and holding it against the gum line before using small circles as you brush. This is the most effective way of removing plaque and is also gentle on your teeth and gums.
Brush long enough. Brushing should take two to three minutes. If you are concerned about spending enough time brushing, you can use a stopwatch or hum a song to help time the task. Of course, your dentist in Deerfield, IL realizes that the amount of time you spend is not as important as the fact that you brush all surfaces.
Brush in the morning and at night. Never go to bed directly after eating without brushing, this greatly increases your chance of developing cavities. Also, remember to replace your toothbrush when it starts to get worn down. Typically, toothbrushes last about three to four months before they need to be replaced according to the ADA.
When brushing do not brush too aggressively or use a brush with bristles that are too hard. Brushing your teeth too hard can cause your gums to recede which can eventually lead to the painful exposure of the tooth’s root.
You also should wait about 30 minutes after eating to brush your teeth. When you eat your enamel is temporarily weakened and brushing right away could actually damage the enamel. Rather than brushing right away, rinse your mouth out with water or chew some sugar-free gum to increase the production of saliva which can neutralize the acid and protect your teeth.
Of course, in addition to brushing properly and taking care of your entire mouth while doing so, you need to be sure to have regular checkups and cleanings scheduled with your dentist in Highland Park, IL., Dr. Kacel.
If you have any questions about the proper way to brush your teeth or other ways to improve your oral hygiene, reach out to Dr. Steven Kacel and his friendly staff who will happily answer any questions you may have. Call (847) 457-0400 to make an appointment today.