3 Ways to Brush Perfectly at Home
When it comes to taking care of your teeth and gums, your primary line of defense should be a one-two punch combination. This will include both brushing great at home and keeping your biannual commitment of coming in to see us at Audubon Dental Center for your routine checkup and cleaning.
The truth is, not everyone knows how to brush properly to begin with. That’s why we thought we’d list a few pointers below that will help you on your way to a perfect smile.
1.) Brush Softly in Circular Motions
Instead of brushing hard back and forth, BRUSH SMART. This means circular motions with a soft amount of force. Imagine yourself polishing each and every tooth — that’s essentially what you’re doing anyway, after all!
2.) Wait 20-40 Minutes to Brush After Eating or Drinking
This one is a common misstep among our patients. It’s important to make sure that your mouth is able to use its enzymes to break down the sugars and acids from the foods and beverages you consume. Waiting at least 20 minutes will help you preserve your enamel and keep your teeth in good shape.
3.) Use a Soft-Bristle Toothbrush
Using the right toothbrush is immensely important in your quest for healthy teeth and gums. Like a swordsman and his trusty blade, you must have an instrument of quality if you expect to get good work done. Ask your dentist for recommendations when it comes to soft bristle toothbrushes. Electronic toothbrushes are also a great option, because they provide the closest thing to a dental-office-quality brushing experience.
Contact Audubon Dental Center today if you’re in need of a routine cleaning or if you have any additional questions about what it takes to take care of your smile at home.