Keeping up with your dental hygiene is a very important part of maintaining not only your dental health but also your health in general. It has been found that some oral diseases have a high impact on your heart health. Some studies suggest that keeping your mouth healthy is just as important to your heart health as exercising, maintaining good cholesterol rates, and eating healthy foods. This is a whole new reason for you to pay more attention to the way that you keep up your oral hygiene. Here are some tips to help ensure that you’re doing all you can to make your brushing as effective as possible.
Use a toothbrush that has soft, rounded synthetic bristles. The American Dental Association provides its seal of approval on some toothbrushes. It’s a good idea to look for this seal so that you know the product you’re purchasing has passed their standards. When you’re picking out toothbrushes get one that fits your mouth well. It’s recommended that if you aren’t certain what size you need, then you should go with the smaller one rather than the larger one.
When your toothbrush is getting worn out be sure to replace it. An old toothbrush can’t clean your teeth very well, and it could also damage your gums. You’ll know that the toothbrush is getting worn out when the bristles begin to spread. Many doctors suggest that you get a new toothbrush every two or three months.
The kind of toothbrush you use is important, but equally important is the way that you use it. Dental care is just as much about method as it is about the products you use. You should take your time when you’re brushing your teeth. Spend at least three minutes brushing. And don’t think that by brushing more vigorously that you can cut down on the time you spend over the sink. Brushing too hard can cause your gums to recede and can wear down your tooth structure. It’s best to take your time and be sure that you’re brushing gently and effectively.
Be sure that when you brush your teeth that you are getting every part of them clean. It won’t do you much good just to brush the fronts of your teeth. Good dental care is for every part of every tooth. Brush the fronts, backs, and chewing surfaces of every tooth. For your front teeth, hold your brush at a 45 degree angle while you make up and down strokes over the teeth and the gums. For the chewing surfaces of your teeth you need to make a make and forth motion to get them good and clean.
You should always brush your teeth at least once a day. Ideally, you’ll brush after every meal. Unfortunately, most people don’t take the time to do this. If you only brush your teeth once a day, then make that one time at night, just before bedtime. Brushing your teeth before bedtime will dramatically improve your dental health if you currently aren’t brushing at all. Brushing at both bedtime and just after breakfast, though, will help increase your chance of keeping your teeth more free from plaque.