November 1st is National Brush Day and we’re celebrating all month by raising awareness about the importance of good tooth brushing habits. At FDA, we always love an opportunity to share our oral health care recommendations and have 5 tooth brushing tips to share with you!
1) Look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Approval
Choose a toothbrush (and toothpaste!) that displays the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Seal of Acceptance. Both manual and electric toothbrushes can thoroughly clean your teeth and gums when done correctly; we prefer electric toothbrushes for their superior plaque-fighting powers. Make sure you select a toothbrush with extra-soft or soft bristles. For help choosing a toothbrush, ask the FDA team for a recommendation!
2) Brush Twice a Day to Keep Cavities at Bay
We recommend brushing a minimum of two times per day for at least two minutes each time. The ADA has updated its list of proper tooth brushing techniques to include the following:
- Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums.
- Gently move your toothbrush in a circular motion (tooth-wide) to mimic the motion of an electric toothbrush.
- Brush all outer surfaces and inner surfaces as well as the chewing surfaces of your teeth.
- To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes.
Feel free to ask your hygienist for a demonstration of proper brushing techniques at your next appointment. Our team of compassionate dental professionals really love educating patients!
3) Wait 30 Minutes After Acidic Food & Drinks
Brushing right after eating or drinking acidic food and drinks can damage your tooth enamel. This includes citrus foods or juices, carbonated beverages, and wine. Drink some water to rinse your mouth instead, or simply wait 30 minutes until you brush.
4) Out with the Old, In with the New
Replace your toothbrushes every three to four months, or more often if the bristles are starting to show signs of wear, such as crooked or frayed bristles. We are always happy to give you a new toothbrush at your next appointment…just ask!
5) Show Your Toothbrushes Some TLC
Rinse your toothbrush thoroughly after you use it and store it in an upright position, allowing it to air dry each time. This will reduce the growth of bacteria in between brushing sessions.