Brushing your teeth is what rids the mouth of bacteria that can decay the teeth and cause gum disease. With such an important job, brushing should be done correctly. The Oyster Bay Family Dentists of Oyster Bay, NY want to give a quick refresher on proper brushing so you can be sure it really counts!
Plaque, the bacterial film that forms on teeth, can appear just hours after brushing. This is why it is important to brush at least twice per day. If it is possible to squeeze in a third time, this is ideal. A good way to accomplish this is by keeping a toothbrush and toothpaste with you at work or at school. Brushing is important to clear away debris from food, but make sure to wait at least thirty minutes before brushing. This is because acids from certain foods can wear down enamel when brushed right away.
Brushing should be done for two full minutes every time. A good way to keep track of this is to split the mouth into four sections and brush each section for thirty seconds. Brush every surface of the teeth. Also make sure to brush your tongue, the insides of your cheeks, and the roof of your mouth, as bacteria collects in these places, as well. It will also help freshen your breath!
In addition to brushing, flossing should be performed once a day! To learn more tips on keeping a healthy mouth, call The Oyster Bay Family Dentists of Oyster Bay, NY at (516) 922-5730 or visit our website,www.oysterbaydentists.com.