Part of maintaining a healthy mouth is maintaining a healthy oral care routine. Our primary recommendation to all of our patients is that they brush their teeth at least twice daily for two minutes using a fluoride toothpaste. Studies have proven that brushing for a minimum of two minutes effectively removes plaque and decreases the chances of bacteria buildup, but the right technique can be difficult to master. No matter how frequently you brush your teeth, however, it’s essential that you visit a dental care provider in San Diego for regular checkups.
There are a variety of brushing techniques that have different advantages depending on an individual’s particular needs. To effectively remove plaque from above and below the gingival margin, the American Dental Association recommends for a toothbrush to be placed at a 45-degree angle and moved back and forth in short strokes.
To clean the inside of the teeth, the brush should be tilted vertically and moved in up-and-down strokes. No matter which technique an individual chooses to brush their teeth with, all parts of the teeth should be cleaned, which include the inner, outer, and chewing areas.
At any grocery store or pharmacy, a variety of manual toothbrushes are available for purchase, but there are some that are more effective than others. For example, toothbrushes designed with multi-level bristles or angled bristles remove plaque more effectively than toothbrushes with flat-trimmed bristles.
Most manual toothbrushes have soft, medium, or hard bristles. The ADA recommends the use of soft-bristled toothbrushes to reduce the chances of gingival abrasion even though medium-bristled toothbrushes effectively remove biofilm from the teeth. The ADA also recommends for individuals to purchase toothbrushes that have the ADA seal of acceptance because that means the toothbrush is safe and effective for removing plaque and reducing gingivitis. It also means:
Without the ADA seal, which is the golden standard for toothbrush quality, there’s no guarantee that the toothbrush was inspected by scientific experts. There’s also no guarantee that the toothbrush will help decrease the chances of developing cavities and gum disease.
Aside from brushing twice daily to maintain a healthy mouth, it’s important to take proper care of a toothbrush so as to avoid bacteria growth on the bristles. A toothbrush should be thoroughly rinsed off after each use and left out to air dry. Toothbrushes should not touch other toothbrushes because that could lead to cross contamination. A toothbrush should also not be stored in closed containers because that promotes the growth of bacteria. Toothbrushes should be replaced every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles appear worn. An individual should also never share their toothbrush because that means germs and bacteria will also be shared.
Following these tips are a part of practicing a healthy oral homecare routine, which will help prevent any oral issues from developing.
At McBride Dental, we help our clients maintain lifelong healthy teeth by offering preventative dentistry. Our methods and procedures help prevent oral diseases that could require expensive treatment. If you’re in the San Diego area and need a dentist, call 760-471-1003 to schedule your appointment today.