When it comes to keeping your smile healthy, regular visits to the dentist are only part of the equation – the real key to healthy teeth and gums is good brushing on a daily basis. Like most people, you probably faithfully brush your teeth twice a day – but are you brushing as effectively as you can? Here’s how to make sure that your teeth get the care and attention they need in just four minutes a day.
The 2 Minute Rule
By brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes, you can substantially improve your oral hygiene. Any less than this is significantly less effective and can leave you at an increased risk of problems as it can allow plaque to build up. Plaque forms a film of bacteria over your teeth which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
Brushing your teeth before bed is an absolute must; this not only ensures that any food remains are removed, but more importantly will help to reduce acidity in the mouth caused by foods and drinks consumed during the day.
Cover All Angles
It doesn’t matter if you use an electric or manual toothbrush – the key is to make sure you brush from every angle to ensure all surfaces are effectively cleaned. The two minutes prescribed in the previous section has been found to allow sufficient time to ensure that no area is left untouched. It is important to make sure that you get your brush in and around your back teeth and don’t focus only on your smile.
String It Out
Have trouble getting into the gaps between your teeth? Use dental floss to tackle the trouble spots that a standard toothbrush just doesn’t seem to reach. You may also find that interdental brushes can be helpful. It is important to remember that everybody’s teeth are different – that’s why we recommend seeking professional advice from your dentist about how best to protect your teeth and gums. If you are struggling with brushing effectively, don’t be afraid to ask.
Brush Now, Rinse Later
Did you know that you shouldn’t rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash directly after brushing? It seems completely logical to do so, but actually it can seriously reduce the protective benefits of your chosen toothpaste as it can wash away a significant amount to the fluoride protection.
For best results, it is recommended to rinse at a different time of day, for example after mealtimes.
From Invisible braces through to family dentistry and prevention treatment, the high-quality service we offer at Gwersyllt Dental Practice in Wrexham is all about giving you a brighter, whiter smile. We pride ourselves in being friendly family dental experts who are always happy to give you advice on every aspect of dentistry, whether it’s corrective or cosmetic. To get in touch, call us on Wrexham 01978 757409 or click here to request a call back. Alternatively, you can request an appointment online using our special form and we’ll contact you to confirm a suitable date and time.