In today’s post, let’s discuss some details about brushing your teeth. The team at Mason Dental Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Grapevine reminds you, it’s an essential part of your dental health.
One key to activating the value of toothpastes is creating foam when thoroughly brushing. You can work up a good foam by pre-wetting your brush, then attacking at a 45 rather than 90 degree angle. The foaming assists in dislodging food debris from nooks and crannies in the mouth. Go ahead and swish it around at the completion of brushing to pick up any stragglers. The abrasives in toothpaste are designed to polish the teeth without damaging the enamel.
Because of the abrasives, soft toothbrushes are best for proper brushing. Harder bristles can put the enamel and gum line at risk. When the gum line recedes from aggressive brushing (or any other cause) a patient may see tooth pain, increased build-up and decay, tooth structure weakening, and in acute cases, tooth loss.
The fluoride in the toothpaste promotes remineralization when the paste has been rubbed around on all surfaces of all teeth in the entire mouth. This takes time so be sure you brush for at least 2-3 minutes.
Additionally, remember that flossing is vital and rounds out the 5 minutes each day to give you healthy, pain-free chewing for years and years to come.
At Mason Dental Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Grapevine, your dental health matters. We are passionate about dental education and confident smiles for all. We provide our patients with general and cosmetic dentistry, including teeth whitening. Ask us about smile designs! Make an appointment with us today.