Tips for Better Toothbrushing
Implementing the right technique for brushing your teeth is an excellent start to proper oral hygiene. Make sure you also have the right tools and are avoiding common mistakes. Here are the answers to some frequent teeth-brushing questions:
- How long and how often should I brush my teeth? Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. Set a stopwatch or timer to make sure you're giving your teeth enough attention.
- What type of toothbrush should I use? The Oral Hygiene Association of South Africa (OHASA) cautions against buying a hard toothbrush. A soft-bristled brush will effectively remove plaque and food debris. A toothbrush with a small head can better reach all areas of the mouth. An electric toothbrush is a good option for those with difficulty brushing or limited manual dexterity.
- What toothpaste should I use? From fighting cavities and whitening teeth to improving sensitivity, different toothpaste types are available depending on your particular needs. Having trouble deciding? Talk to your dentist or dental hygienist about which toothpaste is right for you.
- Can I overbrush my teeth? Yes, overbrushing teeth is possible, so make sure you are using a gentle touch when wielding your toothbrush. Overly vigorous brushing can lead to abrasion, gum recession, and sensitivity.
- How often should I replace my toothbrush? Replace your toothbrush when it begins to show wear, or every three to four months, whichever comes first. Change your toothbrush after any illness to help avoid reinfection.
Nobody wants to deal with the pain and costs of tooth cavities and other dental problems. Begin implementing preventative oral care with the proper brushing technique. With daily flossing and regular visits to the dentist, correctly brushing your teeth can keep your smile fresh, healthy, and happy.