These are the basics: you should ideally brush your teeth after every meal. If you don’t, make sure you brush them at least twice a day. With that, you’ll still be fighting off the majority of plaque that builds up in your mouth.
Obviously, brushing your teeth is not enough by itself — you need to brush them right. Good technique is important to fight off gum disease, cavities and gingivitis. And it helps avoid unnecessary pain.
Here are five tools to help you improve dental care.
Dry bristle brush & fluoride toothpaste
You’ll need a soft bristle brush that comfortably fits in your mouth and fluoride toothpaste.
However, don’t immediately start brushing your teeth with a toothpaste. Dry brushing may be useful, too. The physical action of the bristles coming in contact with your teeth removes the plaque from your teeth’s surface.
To remove the initial layer of plaque, dry brush your teeth with some water. Then get the fluoride toothpaste and finish the plaque off.
Obviously, you can use an electric brush instead of a regular bristle brush.
An electric brush is perfectly fine and possibly even better: it has been known to reduce plaque and gum disease better that the average toothbrush. Also, most electric brushes have different attachment brushes for different types of cleaning your teeth.
The way to clean your teeth is the same as with a regular toothbrush: try dry cleaning first, then use a fluoride toothpaste. One of the good things about some of the electric brushes is also the timer: it’s set to run for 2 minutes, which is the recommended time you should spend brushing your teeth.
The overall goal is to brush as many places where plaque can live as possible. This means, that besides the teeth themselves, you also need to clean the spaces between them and a brush isn’t able to do that.
The solution? Dental floss.
Try flossing at least once a day, preferably before going to sleep. You certainly don’t want to go to bed with something you ate stuck in your mouth, do you?
Fluoride mouthwash strengthens tooth enamel and is a good tool to help protect your teeth. The recommended amount is 20 ml and you should use it after you’ve brushed your teeth and used dental floss in the evening.
Try to gargle the mouthwash for 30 to 45 seconds and spit it out into the sink. Obviously, don’t swallow.
No one really talks about the tongue, but it can also house plaque. It’s rarely emphasised but is all the more important.
Cleaning your tongue can reduce bad breath and slow down the overall build up of plaque on your teeth. Of course, you may use your toothbrush, but a tongue scraper is a more effective alternative.
Take better care of your teeth
And that’s it. Try dry brushing, think about an electric brush and don’t forget to floss your teeth. Start using fluoride mouthwash and a tongue scraper, but always keep in mind — these are not substitutes of proper dental care.
They are supplements to make sure you do everything to keep your teeth healthy. Using all of these tools together can help improve your dental health by creating a very effective plan for protecting your teeth and reducing gum and tartar diseases.
And if you’re unsure, ask us to review your brushing technique. We’re more than happy to help.