The American Dental Association (ADA) recommend brushing your teeth for 2 minutes, twice a day. This sounds easy–and it is, once you get the habit down–but it can be difficult to develop the diligence to do it in the first place.
Many people use a conventional toothbrush; some enjoy the convenience of an electric toothbrush. Either way, choose one with a soft-bristled head to protect your teeth and gum from unnecessary damaging abrasions. On a clinical level, there is little to no difference in effectiveness between the two kinds of brushes, so long as the brusher is using proper technique. Some electric toothbrushes come with a built-in timer, which some struggling to brush may find convenient. Be sure to look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance when shopping for a new toothbrush.
Toothbrushes need to be replaced every 3-4 months. This means you can get a new toothbrush every season of the year! Take the opportunity to get one in fresh new colors, or stick with your favorites. Since toothbrush style is a matter of personal preference, it can help to pick one you like. It may make it easier to brush your teeth regularly.
Support you brushing habit with daily flossing. Be sure to floss between every tooth and behind the back molars. If conventional flossing is difficult for you, talk to your dentist about an alternative interdental cleaner.
Attending your twice-annual dental checkup at Anderson Dentistry is also critical for maintaining clean teeth and a healthy mouth. If Dr. Charles Anderson notices an area of concern he will present you with the applicable treatment options or preventative measures. If you are in the Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, area and you need further oral hygiene advice, you can always call 843-884-2021 to schedule a checkup at Anderson Dentistry.