Are you Remembering the Basics?

Oral hygiene ardmore paWe all master certain activities throughout our lifetime. Once, we didn’t know how to walk; now we can do so without thinking. We have all been brushing our teeth for many, many years, which means we can also do this without thinking. In fact, this is exactly what a large majority of adults do. We stumble into the bathroom first thing in the morning, and just before bed, and we sleepily perform the important task of caring for our teeth and gums.

Even if you are a little more mindful than this, it’s possible that you are making common tooth-brushing mistakes. Let’s look at what those may be, and how you can get back to the basics of managing a healthy, attractive smile.

  1. Choosing a toothbrush that doesn’t meet your needs. You’ve been buying toothbrushes for so long; you may not give much thought to tossing the same old thing in your cart time and time again. Your needs change through life, though, and it’s possible that the toothbrush you’ve been using is not a good fit. If your toothbrush has hard bristles, switch to soft. Otherwise, it’s possible that you may be wearing down your enamel. If your hands do not work as well as they used to, consider using an electric toothbrush to maximize your brushing.
  2. Doing too much. We understand the strong desire to remove plaque and debris to reduce the risk of cavities and gum disease. Unfortunately, many people take their brushing too far to clean up. Hard brushing is not better. In fact, like those hard bristles, heavy pressure when brushing could wear away enamel as well as gum tissue. Frequent brushing may also be a temptation, and it should be avoided. Morning and night are sufficient in most cases. At the most, you might brush, gently, mid-day.
  3. Toothbrush care. Your toothbrush has to take care of your teeth, so you want to take really good care of your toothbrush. First and foremost, a toothbrush should not be pushed beyond its 3- to 4-month lifespan. Regular replacement is necessary to optimize brushing. Also, a toothbrush is best stored in a drawer rather than a case. This allows bristles to dry completely, which inhibits bacteria from accumulating.

Oral health is an important aspect of a quality life. With support from our friendly team, you can manage the condition of your teeth and gums for optimum results. To schedule a visit with us, call (610) 649-0696.

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