That may sound like a silly question, but the fact is many adults aren’t actually cleaning their teeth correctly. Avoiding tooth decay only works if you take the correct steps to properly utilize your toothbrush. We can help you make sure you’re brushing your teeth correctly!
Question: Does the type of toothbrush matter?
Answer: Yes! First, look for the American Dental Association’s (ADA) seal of approval on the packaging (the same goes for your toothpaste). We also recommend paying attention to the bristles. Always go with soft bristles. If you choose hard or medium and brush too rough, you run the risk of actually wearing down tooth enamel and hurting your teeth.
Question: Should I use a manual or electric brush?
Answer: That’s up to you! For years, people mainly used manual toothbrushes due to the cost of electric alternatives. However, electric toothbrushes are becoming more and more affordable. When used correctly, both options provide quality cleaning and plaque removal.
Question: How often should I clean my teeth?
Answer: You should brush your teeth at least twice a day, once in the morning and again before going to bed. Each session should also last at least two minutes. Often, people simply don’t brush long enough to properly remove plaque and food particles.
Question: What happens if I don’t use my toothbrush?
Answer: If you don’t brush your teeth, bacteria can break down food particles. Soon, the levels of oral acidity can increase and the teeth can become coated in a sticky biofilm known as plaque. As plaque hardens, it becomes tartar, which can only be removed with a cleaning from your dentist or hygienist. Over time, tartar can weaken tooth enamel and inflame the gums, making the risk of tooth decay and gum disease more likely.
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