TYour oral health plays a critical role in sustaining better overall health. According to the American Dental Association, brushing your teeth with a soft-bristled brush at least twice a day is highly beneficial to your teeth and gums.
Dr. Sasha Mahabir, D.D.S., and Dr. Rahul Gandhi, D.M.D., at South Friendswood Dental Associates in Friendswood, Texas, offer a variety of dental treatments to their patients, as well as advice on how to maintain their dental health.
Brushing twice a day is the norm. Use fluoride toothpaste and brush your teeth for about two minutes each time.
You should also brush your teeth after having sticky or sugary foods. Not brushing your teeth in such cases can increase bacterial accumulation on the teeth and gums, increasing the risk of cavities and other dental problems.
In addition to brushing, you should also floss once a day.
Some of the common mistakes people make while brushing are:
Brushing Too Hard
Brushing your teeth hard can cause damage to your enamel, increasing the risk of tooth decay.
Using Old Toothbrushes
A toothbrush with frayed and bent bristles can never clean your teeth properly. Therefore, you should change your toothbrush every three to four months for best results.
A study shows that people spend about 45 seconds brushing their teeth. However, dentists as well as the American Dental Association recommend you brush your teeth for at least two minutes each time.
Brushing your teeth twice a day has numerous benefits. Some of them are:
Inhibits Bacterial Growth
Brushing your teeth twice a day helps eliminate the bacteria in your mouth, keeping it clean and healthy. Bacteria buildup can cause damage to your tooth enamel, decay, and bad breath.
Increases Saliva Production
While sleeping, your mouth produces less saliva. Brushing your teeth before going to sleep helps increase saliva production, protecting your teeth from bacterial damage.
Prevents Plaque Formation
Not brushing your teeth regularly or properly can lead to plaque accumulation. Plaque is a thin yellow layer of bacteria. If it is not removed, it hardens to form tartar which is much more difficult to remove. Over time, tartar buildup on your teeth and gums can lead to inflammation and then gum disease.
If you have any queries about how often you should be brushing your teeth and how you should do it, book an appointment with Dr. Mahabir by calling (281) 482-7731 or visiting us at 699 S Friendswood Dr. Suite #108 Friendswood, TX 77546.