WE’RE SUPPOSED TO BRUSH twice a day for two minutes each time. When in braces, we should be brushing at least four times a day. How many of us actually do that? See how you measure up!
From a recent poll:
And, the average person only brushes his or her teeth for 30 seconds each time—not nearly long enough! That’s only one-fourth of the time really needed!
Many choose to brush more vigorously to save time. Although it’s quicker, brushing aggressively can wear down tooth enamel. If you brush harder than needed, remember to brush gently but thoroughly for the full two minutes.
For the deepest clean possible, brush at a 45-degree angle in small circular motions around all tooth surfaces, including the areas above, below, and between each brace. One of the biggest places for build-up is around the gum line. If neglected, gums can become swollen and infected because of plaque left behind.
The tongue is the biggest bacteria host in the mouth! If you only brush your teeth, the bacteria left on your tongue transfers to your teeth, making them dirty again. Remember to clean every area of the tongue. If you experience a gag reflex when using a toothbrush, consider trying a tongue scraper. A clean tongue helps keep your teeth clean, and it helps keep your breath fresh!
We’re focused on helping your smile look and feel its best! We’re committed to your overall health as well. Remember, brushing multiple times throughout the day is a necessity, not a recommendation.