When it comes to maintaining good oral health, it's well-known that proper oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups are crucial. But, is there anything you can do at home that can help you step up your oral hygiene? For example, will using a certain toothbrush make a difference and help clean your teeth better?
While finding the right toothbrush for your needs matters, how you brush your teeth is actually more important than the gadgets you are using. Here's why.
Are You Brushing Your Teeth Correctly?
This is the first question Dr. Jonathan Feller will ask. That's because the technique you are using and the amount of time you spend brushing your teeth matter more than the toothbrush type. It doesn't matter if you have the most performing electric toothbrush on the market if you are not brushing long enough to remove plaque effectively.
So, here's the proper teeth-brushing technique:
- Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums and then gently move the brush back and forth in short strokes. This way you will ensure that you will remove the plaque that accumulates under the gum line too.
- Make sure to brush all surfaces of the teeth - the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces. Don't forget to brush your tongue too to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.
- Use fluoride toothpaste to strengthen tooth enamel and reduce your risk of tooth decay.
- Make sure to brush for at least two minutes to effectively remove plaque.
How to Find the Right Toothbrush for You
Now that you know the proper teeth-brushing technique, it's time to learn how to find the right toothbrush for your needs.
- Pay Attention to the Size and Shape: Look for a toothbrush that has a small enough head to reach all parts of your mouth, including the back molars. Its shape should also allow you to reach all surfaces of your teeth.
- Opt for Soft Bristles: Harder bristles can affect your gums and weaken the enamel. Soft bristles are extremely good at removing plaque and food particles from your teeth.
- Comfortable Handle: Look for a toothbrush with a handle that feels comfortable and gives you the best control when brushing.
- Manual vs Electric: Both manual and electric toothbrushes can be effective at cleaning your teeth if you use them properly. The advantage of an electric toothbrush is that it can be better at removing plaque since they have a built-in timer that makes it easier to brush your teeth for two minutes.
See Dr. Jonathan Feller Routinely for Preventive Care
In addition to good oral hygiene, you should also schedule regular appointments for preventive care. Dr. Jonathan Feller will always make sure to recommend personalized treatments that will fit your unique dental needs.
Get in touch with the team at Columbia River Dental to book your appointment.