Dental Tips Blog

Sep
12

Should You Brush your Teeth Before or After Breakfast?

It’s that one topic couples, roommates, and siblings will always argue about: when to brush your teeth in the morning.

Is it better to brush before or after breakfast?

Brush Before Breakfast

Brushing as soon as you wake up is a good way to remove the bacterial plaque that has accumulated overnight while you slept. It’s also considerate of others you may interact with in the early morning hours (no morning breath!).

The biggest complaint is that your breakfast will then get your teeth dirty all over again until you have time to brush a second time.

Brush After Breakfast

Why let toothpaste ruin the taste of your orange juice? Brushing after breakfast will help you get rid of coffee or onion bagel breath before you head to work or school.

But there is such a thing as brushing too soon after breakfast. Acid and carbs from your meal don’t disappear with brushing – they only get scrubbed around and massaged into your enamel even farther.

When to Brush Your Teeth in the Morning

The winning argument is this: you should brush your teeth after breakfast as long as you wait close to a half hour after eating. This gets rid of all the bacteria but allows time for saliva to neutralize food acids before brushing.

However, most people are in a hurry in the mornings. So one compromise is to brush right after you wake up so that you don’t forget. You get rid of the buildup that has formed on your teeth overnight and avoid scrubbing breakfast remains around your enamel.

Visit your dentist at least twice a year for checkups and cleanings in addition to customized advice on your tooth brushing routine.

Posted on behalf of:
Milton Dental Specialists
13075 Hwy 9, Suite 110
Milton, GA 30004
(770) 521-2100

Apr
15

How to Brush with Braces

Posted in Braces

Your braces represent a big investment in both time and budget. Sticking out the orthodontic treatment until the very end will get you some great results. You’ll definitely feel it was worth all that effort!

However, braces are also a big responsibility. If you don’t take good care of them and your teeth, you can wind up with some serious problems when they come off.

The way you brush your teeth can make a world of difference.

Take a Multi-Angled Approach

Once you get brackets and wires cemented onto your teeth, you’ve just gained three, that’s right, three completely new surfaces to brush.

Simply scrubbing straight across the front of the wire isn’t going to be enough. You also need to angle the bristles:

  • Towards the gumline of each tooth
  • Against the brackets facing down from the top of your mouth
  • Against the brackets facing up from your jaw

It’s important to remove plaque bacteria from all surfaces of your teeth, including your braces. If you don’t, these germs will eventually cause staining around the brackets that’ll still be there once your ortho comes off.

Pack Some Power into Brushing

To get a little more oomph in your brushing technique, try out a powered toothbrush. It’s also much easier to maneuver around multiple surfaces.

All the effort you put into caring for your braces will show once your treatment is done. You won’t have to worry about catching up on dental fillings or hiding unsightly stains. You’ll be free to live the good life – the one without braces!

Contact your dentist or orthodontist to get more tips on thoroughly brushing your braces.

Posted on behalf of:
Royal Oak Family Dental
7101 NW 150th St. Suite 100
Oklahoma City, OK 73142
(405) 754-5941

Sep
14

Brush Your Way to Better Health

Tooth brushing: it’s not just for white teeth and fresh breath!

More and more research indicates that the health of your mouth affects the rest of your overall health. So how well you do keeping your teeth clean most definitely has a bearing on your chances for developing other problems down the road.

Dental Health and Your Body

The health of your mouth is a very accurate indicator of how your body’s overall health is. Excellent tooth brushing is one way that you can help lower your risk for other health problems.

Technique Matters!

How you brush your teeth can also affect the health of your smile. It’s not always enough to just have a toothbrush in your mouth!

If you’re not brushing at the right angle, then you could be missing some critical areas. Bacteria-loaded dental plaque builds up along the gum line and other hard to reach areas. Remove this plaque on a regular basis by angling your toothbrush at about 45 degrees towards the gum line. Move the brush back and forth in short but gentle jiggling motions.

Don’t use too much pressure!

Rough brushing can eventually erode teeth and cause gum recession. Brushing your teeth the right way can keep your mouth healthy and comfortable.

How is Your Brushing?

Visiting the dentist isn’t just good for repairing damaged teeth. Take advantage of your regular dental checkups to make sure that your oral hygiene routine is working well for you. You can prevent dental disease and promote your overall health and well being by adjusting your brushing technique.

Ask your dental hygienist or dentist for suggestions to improve. Schedule a checkup today!

Posted on behalf of:
Gordon Dental of Leawood
11401 Nall Ave #102
Leawood, KS 66211
(913) 649-5017

Aug
19

Is a Powered Toothbrush Better Than a Manual One?

Are all of those battery-powered brushes just sales gimmicks? Or do they actually give you an advantage in keeping your smile healthy?

The answer might surprise you!

Technique is the Key

No matter which kind of brush you use, it can be useless if you aren’t applying it properly. Whether you use a manual brush or powered, you need to make sure you hit the following areas:

  • Chewing surfaces
  • Inner gum line
  • Outer gum line
  • Behind the front teeth

Any Benefit in Powered Brushes?

Powered brushes are great if you have a problem that prevents you from comfortably using a manual toothbrush. The automated buzzing can help blast away plaque as long as you place it correctly.

Using an electric toothbrush can be helpful if you experience conditions like:

  • Arthritis
  • Parkinson’s
  • Undergoing orthodontic treatment

Powered toothbrushes designed for kids can be excellent training tools. Most include a timer to help kids brush for a sufficient amount of time. Some children do better about brushing when they know they have a cool toy to use!

The One You’ll Use is Right for You

The bottom line is this: the best toothbrush is the one that encourages you to brush your teeth every day.

Some folks hate the vibrating sensation of a powered brush. Other people love the extra-clean feeling that motion provides. It’s up to you! If a powered brush will improve your brushing experience by making it easier, then that’s right for you.

Get personalized advice on your dental care by visiting your local dental office. Your dental hygienist can help you analyze and adjust your brushing technique and recommend the tools you need. Call your dentist today.

Posted on behalf of:
Smiles by Seese
610 Jetton St #250
Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 895-5095

Jun
24

A Toothbrush to Suit Your Smile

Hard as it may be to believe, not all toothbrushes are created equal, just as no two smiles are alike!

Brushing your teeth may seem like a very simple matter, but having the right tool for the job can make a world of difference.

What Are Your Dental Needs?

In choosing a toothbrush, the first thing you need to consider is what the task at hand is:

  • How many teeth do you have?
  • Are your teeth very sensitive?
  • Have you been diagnosed with gum disease?
  • Do you wear braces?
  • Is holding a toothbrush difficult or painful for you?

All these factors play into selecting the right kind of toothbrush.

Many Brushes to Choose From!

Toothbrushes come in different textures and sizes. Don’t pick one that’s too big or else it could be hard for it to reach all of your teeth. Brushes with hard bristles should be avoided, as these can be too harsh on gums. You might reach for an extra-soft toothbrush if you have sensitive teeth.

Power toothbrushes are excellent for getting a little extra cleaning oomph around braces or teeth affected by gum disease. They’re also ideal for people who have trouble manipulating a toothbrush by hand.

Brush Your Way to Better Oral Health

The kind of toothbrush you use isn’t the only thing that matters, but the way you use it also makes a difference. Brushing too hard can cause your gums to recede. Aggressive brushing could also wear at your teeth.

You can find out more information by consulting your local dental office. Keep regular appointments there to ensure that your toothbrush and brushing techniques are working for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Pleasant Plains Dental
5850 W Hwy 74 #135
Indian Trail, NC 28079
(704) 815-5513

Aug
29

3 Signs That You’re Brushing Too Hard

Posted in Bonding

Brushing harder isn’t necessarily better, even if it feels like you’re cleaning your teeth more effectively. Hard tooth brushing can create irreversible damaged to your smile that can cause complications later on. Here are 3 ways to find out if you’re brushing your teeth too hard:

Your toothbrush bristles splay out after just a month or two.

Some patients admit that their toothbrush bristles begin to splay out after just a few weeks of use. Even after 4 of 5 months of use, a toothbrush shouldn’t do this. This is one of the easiest ways to tell if you’re using too much pressure when you brush. You should only apply enough pressure to cause gentle blanching of the gums. 

Your gums are beginning to recede

Gum tissues should follow the contour of your tooth crown. If the gums begin to creep up the root of the tooth, this is called recession. Aggressive scrubbing and brushing can cause soft tissues to recede. This exposes root surfaces which can easily decay or become sensitive to different temperatures. 

You see notches in your tooth enamel.

Believe it or not, brushing can wear away your tooth enamel. This is called enamel abrasion – and often occurs on the portion of the tooth closest to the gumlines. Notching begins very mild, but can lead to sharp angles taken out of the tooth that expose the yellow inner surfaces of the tooth.

Switch to an electric or extra-soft toothbrush, and apply only a very light amount of pressure when you brush. Your dentist can recommend gum grafting or composite bonding for areas of severe abrasion or recession.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Lawrence Rosenman, Springfield Lorton Dental Group

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Jan
28

Teeth Brushing Tips

Brushing your teeth is something you have probably been doing most of your life, but did you know that most adults brush incorrectly?

Brushing correctly means brushing for a full two minutes, and devoting a minimum of 30 seconds on each side on both the top and the bottom teeth.

As you are preparing to brush your teeth, first start by flossing. Flossing before brushing allows for you to remove any particles during brushing that may have been removed.  It also allows for easier removal as brushing may sometimes ‘push’ small particles into the gum lines making it more difficult to remove.

After you have flossed, wet your toothbrush and apply a small (pea-sized) amount of fluoride toothpaste.  If you have sensitive teeth, talk with your dentist about an appropriate sensitivity toothpaste.  Brush each section of your teeth for a minimum of 30 seconds, and do not forget to brush your tongue and roof of your mouth as bacteria that causes cavities also lives in these areas.

You should brush with a soft toothbrush a minimum of twice a day.  If you like using mouthwash, use these after brushing on clean teeth.  Remember that mouth wash only masks mouth odors, and the best ways to remove mouth odors are through effective brushing, flossing and dental cleanings.

To supplement your daily brushing and to make sure your teeth are as healthy as possible, you should also visit your dentist at least every six months for a dental cleaning and checkup. Professional dental cleanings will remove any deposits and plaque that may have developed, and allow your dentist and hygienist time to examine your mouth for any signs of illness or problems.

Effective brushing is one of your best ways to help keep your mouth, gums and teeth healthy.  If you need more information on brushing, make an appointment to see your dentist for help.

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