If you fail to brush your teeth properly, you risk developing a coat of stubborn plaque particles on the surface of your teeth. Plaque is a serious problem because it can lead to gum disease and even tooth decay. Maintaining plaque build-up is achieved by keeping up with your daily “teeth cleaning regime” and booking regular appointments with your dentist.
Below we are going to answer some of the most common questions we are asked about cleaning your teeth at home:
How Should I brush my Teeth?
You should take at least two minutes to brush your teeth (per session). This will ensure that you are giving yourself enough time to reach each tooth properly and thoroughly. It is best to use gentle strokes with your toothbrush, making sure to reach the outer and inner surfaces of both your upper and lower teeth. Pay close attention to the gum line and don’t forget to clean around restorations such as crowns and fillings etc. You should also brush your tongue to help keep your breath fresh throughout the day.
When Should I Brush my Teeth?
You should brush your teeth twice a day. Usually, people choose to brush their teeth in the morning and right before they go to bed at night. However, you may wish to brush your teeth after certain meals. It is especially important to brush your teeth before bed to avoid plaque build-up overnight.
What Makes a Good Toothbrush?
Soft-bristled toothbrushes are said to be the most effective when it comes to removing plaque from your teeth. When needing to brush those “hard to reach” areas of the mouth (such as the back teeth), brushes with smaller heads tend to provide the most precision.
In terms of manual Vs electrical, it really comes down to personal preference. Both work fine, however, many people prefer electric brushes because the rotating head is thought to give them a more thorough cleaning.
When Should I replace my Toothbrush?
Most dentists will estimate a toothbrush replacement period of approximately three months. However, you may wish to replace your toothbrush, or the head of your electric toothbrush, once the bristles have worn and lost their original form. Toothbrush bristles can collect germs and this is especially prominent when you are ill. For example, if you are suffering from a cold, it is important to change your toothbrush to prevent reinfection since those bacterial germs may have accumulated on the bristles of the toothbrush you used whilst ill.
How Often Should I visit the Dentist?
The regularity of your dentist appointments will have a lot to do with your own personal needs. There isn’t a defined time period exactly, however, most dentists advise patients to visit their dentists ever 6 to 12 months.
Docklands Dental provides the greatest range of dental services in Dublin. In fact, our clinic has recently picked up Irelands Best New Clinic award, offering patients the best dentistry services in the country.
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