Brushing your teeth should be part of your daily routine; and if it is, it’s probably not something you put too much thought into. But maybe you should! Here at Bensalem Dentistry of Bensalem, PA, we want to remind our patients of the proper way to brush for a healthy mouth!
Brushing does not have to be a vigorous activity. In fact, it shouldn’t be. All that is needed is a light touch with the brush to remove plaque. Hard and forceful brushing should lead to wearing down enamel. When enamel disappears, this actually makes the teeth prone to cavities.
Brushing teeth should be done in circular motions to make sure you brush the whole tooth. Side-by-side brushing could irritate gums and often misses the gum line where plaque builds up.
Brushing should be done two or three times per day. A helpful tip for squeezing a third time in your day is storing a toothbrush and toothpaste in your desk at work or locker at school.
Brushing often is important; however there is a wrong time to brush. You should wait thirty minutes after eating to brush teeth due to the acids some food leaves on teeth. Brushing too soon could allow those acids to wear down teeth.
Make sure to brush all surfaces of the teeth and include your tongue, gums, and cheeks. For more information on keeping good oral hygiene, contact Bensalem Dentistry of Bensalem, PA by calling (215) 638-9952 or by visiting our website, www.bensalemdentistry.com.