Did you know that it is recommended that both children and adults brush their teeth for 2-3 minutes every morning and every night? The next time you brush your teeth, time yourself to see if you are following these guidelines or not. Here are a few ways to ensure that you have properly cleaned your teeth:
- Brush your teeth for 2-3 minutes. Set a timer for yourself in order to keep track of the time. Keep in mind that brushing too much can lead to the wearing down of your enamel, and brushing under 2 minutes can lead to bacteria build up which causes cavities.
- Brush your teeth in a circular motion. Contrary to popular belief, brushing back and forth can lead to gum recession which can expose the roots of the teeth making your tooth very sensitive.
- Brush all of your mouth. This includes your tongue, and the roof of your mouth. Food can get stuck in areas of the mouth which are often neglected by the average person. This can lead to bacterial buildup on the tongue which causes bad breath.
- Floss your teeth religiously. Although this may be a lengthy process for some, it is just as important as brushing your teeth. When you floss your teeth make sure to form a 'C' shape around your tooth and gently glide the floss in between your teeth and rub the areas between the teeth. Make sure to floss up to the gum line.
- Use a mouthwash. (Read below on the types of mouthwashes there is in order to select the one that you prefer).
- See the dentist twice a year. We recommend seeing the dentist for your routine checkup and cleaning every 6 months. Even if you are doing a perfect job at cleaning your teeth, your dental hygienist can remove any calculus around your teeth. They can also see if there are any cavities forming and the Doctor can recommend prompt treatment.
Unsure whether you are brushing and/or flossing properly? Call us at 613-224-6332 to schedule an appointment with Natasha or Victoria for some one on one education on how to care for your teeth. We are also currently accepting new patients, so do not hesitate to call us or email us.