Brushing your teeth in the morning before you start your day is essential, and brushing your teeth before you go to bed is equally important. To maintain a bright, healthy smile that is free of cavities and plaque, you also need to make sure that you and your children brush the right way. How you brush your teeth has a huge impact on your oral health, so here are a few tips to keep your smile bright.
1. Replace your worn-out toothbrush
If your toothbrush is frayed and worn-out, it won’t work properly and it will be less effective at keeping cavities and plaque at bay. You’ll know if your or your child’s toothbrush needs to be replaced if the bristles are bent and frayed at the sides. In general, aim to replace your toothbrush every three months.
2. Use fluoride toothpaste to combat plaque
Toothpaste containing fluoride combats plaque and strengthens teeth. Almost all standard store-bought toothpastes contain fluoride, but make sure to check the label before putting it in your cart. A pea sized amount on your toothbrush is enough to get the job done.
3. Brush each tooth individually
To brush your teeth properly, gently brush each tooth individually on all sides. Start with brushing the face of each tooth with the toothbrush angled sideways and positioned along your gum line. Wiggle the toothbrush back and forth to get each tooth clean. Then, brush the front and back of each tooth, and finally, brush the chewing surface of each tooth.
4. Floss regularly
Flossing is an extremely important step for keeping your teeth bright and plaque free. Simply take a length of floss and gently thread it between your teeth, focusing on only one tooth at a time. This will help you eliminate plaque from hard to reach areas and keep your teeth healthy between dental visits. Make sure to encourage your children to floss while they’re young to instill good habits.
5. Snack less often
The less often you snack, the easier it will be to keep plaque from building up on your teeth. It will also help you establish healthy eating habits and require less maintenance. If you do choose to have a snack, avoid eating things that are too sugary or sticky such as hard candies and caramels.
6. Visit your dentist at least twice a year
The number one way to ensure the health of your teeth and gums is to visit your dentist at least twice a year. The dentist can clean your teeth and check for cavities and oral diseases as well as give you advice for keeping your mouth clean and healthy. Make sure to floss and brush properly between visits to keep your smile bright.
If you follow these steps, you should be able to reduce and eliminate plaque and cavities with your regular routine. If you want your children to do the same, make sure to demonstrate your good habits, and teach them exactly how they should brush and floss to maintain a bright, healthy smile.
*This is a guest post.*