Brushing your teeth will not only make them whiter, brighter, and fresher – it will also make your teeth healthier. If you don’t clean your teeth regularly, plaque (bacteria that sticks to your teeth) will cause cavities, stains, and gum disease. If you never brush your teeth, they might actually fall out.
Although brushing teeth at least twice a day will keep your smile beautiful and healthy, what really matters is the way you brush them. If you brush too often you could easily irritate the root of your tooth and your gums. If you brush too hard, you will cause your tooth enamel to erode, thus making it possible for cavities to seep in. As one of the most noticeable facial features, teeth stand out. Don’t cheat your smile out of a healthy, beaming set of teeth. Remember, the tools you use can make a big difference when it comes to brightening your teeth: Toothbrush In ancient Babylonia, people had to chew sticks and twigs to clean their teeth. Now instead of sticks and twigs, we get to use modern toothbrushes to ensure our teeth are plaque-free. Haven’t we come a long way in dental hygiene? When choosing a toothbrush, choose one with soft nylon bristles. They should be strong enough to remove plaque and gentle enough to maintain enamel. Soft bristles make for a gentle, easy brushing session. Although hard bristles last longer, they may harm your teeth more than they help them. Remember to replace your toothbrush every few months (or when the bristles start to lose their firm shape). Fluoride Toothpaste If you want to strengthen your enamel while removing plaque, choose fluoride toothpaste. Whether you have sensitive or strong teeth, fluoride toothpaste is a necessity your tooth shouldn’t be without. Dental Floss Most people forget one of the crucial parts of dental hygiene: flossing. Don’t miss out on the benefits flossing brings to your smile. Flossing should be done before you brush your teeth (the bacteria, plaque, and food particles will come loose and will need to be brushed away) and as gently as possible. Unsure of how to floss effectively? Simply follow the curve of each tooth. If you have braces or permanent retainers, dental picks can be just as effective as flossing. Effectively brushing your teeth may take practice, but perfect the art of brushing by investing in a toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste, and dental floss. Believe the helpful dentists at Forest Lawn Dental Centre – it’s worth it to be gentle and patient with oral hygiene. Call us for any advice or to set up a teeth cleaning appointment today.