We all get into our daily or weekly habits. Maybe you know that you have to roll the trash out every Thursday for Friday pickup. Or perhaps you understand on the tenth of each month it is time to give your dog his heartworm pill. Habits can help us maintain positive consistency in our lives, and one of the best habits we can practice is our daily dental hygiene ones. These include flossing at minimum once a day, often before going to bed, and brushing twice a day with a fluoride-based toothpaste. Speaking of brushing, there are some things you can do that will elevate this habit. With that in mind, here are some tips from your Lake Orion, MI, dentist that will help make you a pro brusher.
You Should Be Taking Your Time Brushing Your Teeth
Most people spend 45 seconds on average brushing their teeth. What’s the hurry? To get your teeth fully clean and remove any stray bits of food, you should be brushing for at least two minutes each time you do it. That way you can ensure you are doing your best to get rid of any bacteria that may cause tooth decay if it is not eliminated. If you are having trouble reaching that two-minute mark, listen to a favorite song that is at least that long or set a timer. Once you start doing that, you will realize that two minutes is not as long as you think it is.
When It Comes To Your Brush, Change Is A Good Thing
The American Dental Association recommends that you should change your toothbrush every three to four months. If you think about it, that is usually when the change of seasons happen. So, when they come around, then is a good time to change out your brush. But you do not have to wait until then. If your brush’s bristles look broken or frayed, replace it. You want your brush to function fully to help rid your teeth of plaque. And while you are at it, once you finish brushing, let it air dry in an upright position. That way, germs have less of a chance of attaching themselves to it, compared to if you stored it away in a container or drawer.
Consider Your Technique
Good brushing is about technique, too. Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums when you begin to brush and move it in short movements back and forth. For your front teeth, tilt it vertically when brushing up and down. Make sure you are brushing the inner, outer, and chewing surfaces of all your teeth.
Schedule An Appointment With Us
Helping you maintain your good oral hygiene habits is something that we are here to help you do. To schedule an appointment, call Lake Orion Family Dentistry in Lake Orion, MI, today at 248-693-6213.