An FAQ for brushing your teeth? Is this actually necessary? It may be surprising, but, yes! Many people aren’t brushing their teeth correctly! Take a look at the questions below that your dentists in Bristol VA and Blountville TN are commonly asked during visits. You may be surprised by the answers!
Should I be using a soft, medium, or coarse bristled toothbrush?
Always soft! Medium and coarse bristled toothbrushes can do damage to your gums. You need to use a soft-bristle toothbrush to gently remove food particles and plaque that hasn’t yet adhered.
Why do stores offer multiple types if soft is the only one that should be used?
It is simply a gimmick of toothbrush companies to improve and increase sales. The American Dental Association (ADA) only approves and suggests soft-bristled toothbrushes.
How much toothpaste should I use?
Ultimately, you don’t need to use toothpaste at all. Many think that toothpaste is an abrasive for polishing the teeth and aiding in particle removal. Both concepts are incorrect. You really only need to use a toothbrush and water to get the brushing job done. Toothpaste simply a great way to have minty breath after brushing.
How often should I floss?
Flossing should be done at least once a day immediately after brushing. If you tend to get cavities, you should increase this to twice a day, or possibly even after any meal.
How many times do I need to brush each day?
At minimum, you should brush your teeth once in the morning and once at night. However, if you should also consider brushing after eating:
• Any candy or sweets
• Corn on the cob
• Fresh apple
These foods tend to leave large particles behind that bacteria will feed on endlessly until removed with brushing or flossing.
How long should I brush?
You should brush your teeth for a total of 2 minutes. Think of your mouth as 4 quadrants – each section should be brushed for 30 seconds each. Be sure to brush the surface of each tooth! Some brushers simply brush the outside (the visible part) excepting to have white teeth. But, teeth are actually somewhat translucent, so, if the backs of your teeth are stained or dirty, it will give your smile a grey appearance!
Make sure you’re doing everything you can to take care of your teeth, especially with the help of your dentists here at Seaver and Pittman! Call the closest location to you: Bristol – (276) 466-2028, Blountville – (423) 217-1338.