You’re a seasoned veteran when it comes to taking care of your oral health and you’ve got your routine down pat. Once in the morning, once before bed, and a good daily flossing thrown in the mix has your dental hygiene game strong. But even those of us who are regimented in taking care of our teeth can have some questions about the process. Today, we’re answering a few of the most common questions people have in the hopes that more knowledge will bring you power!
Can I brush my teeth too much?
While it may seem counterintuitive, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing when it comes to brushing! Excessive brushing can lead to gum recession, so be careful not to overdo it. Brushing once when you wake up and once before sleeping ought to be enough to keep your mouth healthy, but adding in an occasional brush after a pungent or sweet meal will never hurt!Why do we need to brush to begin with?You’ve been brushing your teeth for as long as you can remember, but have you ever stopped to question why? Brushing not only helps to clear away the food particles and bacteria that cause bad breath, it helps to ensure that harmful substances don’t rot your teeth or inflame your gums! Throughout the day, plaque builds up on our teeth, eventually becoming acidic and boring holes into our teeth known as cavities. Brushing helps clear plaque away and give your teeth a fighting chance at staying strong!
How do I pick a toothbrush?
Debates still rage on over the best kinds of toothbrushes out there. Some swear by electric and others will be manual brushers until they die. When it comes to choosing a brush, however, bristle strength and head design are truly what end up mattering most! It’s important to only buy brushes with extra soft or soft bristles, as anything firmer can cause irrevocable damage to your enamel! Also opt for a head shape and size that is most conducive to your mouth shape and tooth arrangement. Smaller heads work best for smaller mouths and teeth that are misaligned. Perhaps the most important thing to look out for is the Seal of Approval from the American Dental Association (ADA), signifying that brush has gone through rigorous testing and is certified by a renowned board of dentists.
Do I need to floss?
Yes. A thousand times yes. Flossing and brushing your teeth go hand in hand, and yet so many people skip this crucial step. If you don’t floss, you’re not cleaning about 40% of your tooth’s surface area. Flossing helps remove the bits of food, plaque, and bacteria that brushing alone can’t get to! You can floss morning or night, just ensure you do it once daily.
Knowing the answers to small questions is sometimes the catalyst we need to make a positive change in our lives! If you have questions about anything in your oral health routine, never hesitate to ask your dentist for clarification on why or how it’s done.
To schedule your next checkup to see how your oral health is doing, give us a call at Advanced Family Dental & Orthodontics today!