Are You Actually Brushing Your Teeth Correctly?

You’re brushing your teeth every day, right? Of course, you are! But, are you doing so correctly? Your Austin, MN, dentists often find that people simply don’t brush their teeth properly which still leaves them at risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Fortunately, we have a few helpful tips in today’s blog!

Why We Need Daily Care

Over time, the particles left behind on and between our teeth by the foods and drinks we consume could be broken down by bacteria. This process releases a foul odor, and coats the teeth in plaque buildup. Over time, plaque could harden into tartar and begin to weaken and erode outer enamel, while also inflaming gum tissues. This leads to the onset of tooth decay and periodontal disease. Other complications could include bad breath and even stained teeth. However, daily care helps reduce the severity of plaque buildup until we can see you for a cleaning to remove the buildup. You protect your smile from the risk of tooth and gum issues!

Choosing the Right Toothbrush

You should choose a toothbrush that has soft bristles, a this could prevent inadvertent damage if you clean too rough with one that has medium or hard bristles. You can choose an electric or manual option, just as long as you use it properly.

Your Toothpaste Matters

Now, let’s talk about toothpaste. You should choose one that contains fluoride, a naturally-occurring mineral that helps strength the outer enamel and prevents tooth decay. You can look for his on the packing, or look for the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance, which would also mean there is adequate fluoride content. Be wary of toothpastes that offer whitening. Sometimes they contain abrasive agents that remove stains, but could also damage enamel and cause tooth sensitivity. If you’re interested in a brighter smile, instead talk to us about our professional treatment options.

Keeping Smiles Clean

How do we brush properly? Well, we suggest you do so first thing in the morning and the again right before bed. Each session should take a at least two minutes to complete. To keep track consider using a timer or listening to a song. Approach the teeth at a 45-degree angle to clean the tops and sides, then clean the front with circular motions. Try not to brush too hard, as you could harm enamel and irritate gums, causing them to recede. If you have any questions, then please give us a call!

Do You Have Questions About Preventive Dental Care?

We want to make sure that each day, you and your family are taking proper care of your smile. For more information on keeping smiles clean and healthy from home, contact Potach and Mitchel Dental in Austin, MN, today at 507-437-6312.