Brushing your teeth is a no brainer, right? It may seem like a simple enough task, but there are nuances to oral hygiene that many people are not aware of (or forget to implement). Des Moines dentist Dr. Jessica Johnson of Valley Ridge Family Dental sees the importance of proper dental self-care in her patients daily. Do you want to avoid unwanted cavities and periodontal disease? Are you brushing your teeth correctly?
Soft Bristles will Suffice
What sort of toothbrush do you use? The next time you purchase an updated brush, consider your many choices and which one offers the most economical option with the best quality and effectiveness. Make sure the bristles on your new toothbrush are labeled as “soft.” Hard bristles may seem like a way to clean teeth better, but they are too abrasive for your tooth enamel. Brush firmly, but don’t put too much muscle into the process. Be sure to spend thirty seconds brushing each of the four quadrants of your mouth. If your hand tires during this process, consider investing in an electric toothbrush. You don’t necessarily have to spend a fortune on a toothbrush. Many perfectly efficient electric models are surprisingly affordable.
You should replace your toothbrush (or electric head) every three months. Keep an eye on the look of your bristles, however. If they wear down faster, you may want to move the replacement timeline up. If you are ill with the flu or a stomach virus, consider replacements as well. Germs can live and breed on a toothbrush head. On that same note, make sure to keep your toothbrush six feet or further from your toilet to avoid contamination when anyone flushes. For toothpaste, stick to one with the compound fluoride as an additive. Don’t forget to floss.
Visit your Des Moines Dentist
Besides brushing twice daily, you must floss and attend regular dental checkups every six months to maintain optimal oral health. To schedule your visit at Valley Ridge Family Dental, contact our 50266 dentist office at (515) 223-9764. We serve West Des Moines, Waukee, Clive, Urbandale, and the surrounding Des Moines metro communities.