Not All Oral Habits Are Good!

HERE AT DENTAL PARTNERS OF BOSTON we are constantly urging our patients to exercise good oral care. Unfortunately, what even the most consistent brushers and flossers may not realize, is that there is a right and a wrong way of taking care of your teeth! So, here are some tips from our doctors that we thought you’d find helpful!

  • Brush for a full two minutes, twice a day. Brushing for under two minutes means you aren’t effectively brushing your teeth, and some plaque may get left behind!
  • Watch yourself in the mirror and focus on brushing every section of your mouth. Don’t forget the gum line! That’s where plaque and tartar love to settle.
  • Focus on technique. Your enamel consists of tons of tiny delicate glass-like rods that are easily damaged. In order to avoid damaging it, don’t brush side-to-side! Hold your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle, and brush in circular motions!
  • Don’t brush too hard. Like we said, your enamel is easy to damage. Brushing too hard can result in sensitive teeth, gum recession, cracks, and abfraction lesions.
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, and replace it every 3 months to minimize germs. This is another way to ensure you aren’t hurting your teeth each time you brush them.
  • Choose the right toothpaste. If your teeth are sensitive, stay away from baking-soda toothpastes, as they are a little harder on your smile. Your best bet is probably sticking with something ADA-approved and gentle on your mouth.
  • FLOSS! We can’t stress the importance of flossing enough. Simply brushing your teeth isn’t going to get out all the plaque. Though it’s great at removing bacteria from the surfaces of your teeth, toothbrushes just can’t reach those tight spaces in between your teeth. If you want to avoid cavities and decay—floss your teeth daily.
  • Rinse with mouthwash. This will ensure you’ve really killed all the bacteria in your mouth after brushing and flossing

Well, there you have it! Some helpful tips on the best way to take care of your smile. Your oral health  is our number one priority.

Please contact our practice or leave a comment below if you have any additional questions about the best way to take care of your smile!