Cleaning your teeth should form an essential part of your daily routine and it’s really important to learn how to brush properly and maximise your chances of enjoying strong and healthy teeth. Here are some simple tips from the team at Aqua Dental Spa:
Brush twice a day
We recommend brushing twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening, to keep your mouth clean and prevent the formation of plaque. Plaque is made from bacteria, food debris and saliva and it contributes to decay and gum disease. Effective brushing helps to remove harmful bacteria and leftover bits of food before plaque can form, reducing the risk of oral diseases. We recommend brushing for at least 2 minutes each time. If you’re not sure if you’re brushing for long enough, we advise setting a timer or brushing along to music, as most songs last around 2-4 minutes.
Invest in an electric toothbrush
Electric toothbrushes are proven to remove plaque more effectively than manual brushes because the brush heads oscillate very quickly, which enables them to cover more ground and provide a more thorough clean. You don’t need to pay hundreds for a good toothbrush. Even the most basic models will help you to achieve a deep clean.
Use fluoride toothpaste
Fluoride toothpaste helps to strengthen the enamel and make the teeth more resistant to decay. After brushing, avoid rinsing, as this washes away the fluoride.
You may think that brushing as hard as you can is good for your teeth, but actually when it comes to cleaning, less is more. Brushing aggressively can damage the enamel and it’s much better to be gentle and to make sure you cover every surface of each individual tooth.
If you have any questions about brushing or you’d like to learn more about how to brush properly, call now to get expert advice from our dentists and dental hygienists.