When you hop in the shower, you make sure to wash every part of your body—or at least we hope you do! Soap bubbles and drips down each and every limb, even your back!
So why are some patients not as through when it comes to cleaning their teeth? Just because your front teeth are what most people see, your back teeth are just as important. There are hard-to-reach areas in your mouth, but hopefully, these tips from your Indianapolis dentist can help you optimize your brushing habits.
1. Your dentist can recommend the best toothbrush for you.
Many patients may not even know that they’re not using the best toothbrush for their teeth and gums. Your toothbrush should have soft bristles. Soft bristles are able to reach into the crevices of your teeth and still be gentle on your gums.
When selecting your dental tools, choose a toothbrush that appeals to you, whether that be because of its color or shape. Make sure that it fits both your hand and your mouth comfortably. But if you need a little help picking the best tool for you, consult your friendly local dentist.
2. Brush your teeth with care.
The goal of brushing is to remove plaque, acid, and other dental debris from your smile. It’s not all about scrubbing it away. Brushing is still meant to be gentle, like a massage to your teeth and gums.
Brushing abrasively can cause damage to your enamel or inflammation to your gums. The same issues can occur if you brush too often.
3. Your dentist can teach you the best brushing techniques.
When you brush your teeth in the morning and before bed, use the techniques that are recommended by your local dentist. Keep in mind that you’re trying to reach all areas of your mouth—the roof, your tongue, along your gum line, and on the outsides and insides of your teeth.
Pay attention to your molars (lots of food gets stuck on and between them) and concentrate on reaching those hard to reach places even in the back of your mouth. Areas that aren’t brushed correctly allow dangerous bacteria to build up and could cause decay, dental disease, or even worse—tooth loss!
4. Ask your dentist about the best toothpaste to use.
Everyone’s mouth is different, that’s why there are so many different types of products that we can use to optimize our dental routines. Depending on the weak spots in your smile and your personal dental goals, you may need a specialized toothpaste.
If you’re unsure about the best toothpaste for you, your dentist can help you decide. Whatever brand you decide to go with, make sure that it has a seal from the American Dental Association (ADA) on the package.
In short, if you follow these helpful tips for brushing your teeth, your at-home dental hygiene routine can dramatically improve. You may just impress your dentist during your next visit!
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