Brushing your teeth is one of the most important aspects of oral hygiene. Most dental professionals suggest you brush for at least two minutes, twice a day in order to fight against plaque buildup, discoloration, gingivitis, and other complications like bad breath. Unfortunately, many people do not brush as much as they should. While recent polls report over 35 percent of people brush twice a day and roughly 31 percent brush at least once a day, the same poll reported that over five percent of people brush almost every day.
Failing to brush regularly can lead to poor oral and overall health. Along with brushing you also need to see a professional dentist twice a year. If you have any questions or want to schedule an appointment with a dental professional, contact the Austin dentists of BridgeView Dental at 512-347-8299.
The Right Way to Brush
A reported 95 percent of adults over the age of 65 have some form of gum disease. You can fight this fate by brushing regularly. The Colgate Oral and Dental Health Center advises the use of short, gentle strokes, to brush all parts of the teeth and gum line, making sure to clean:
- Outer surface of upper and lower teeth
- Inner surfaces of upper and lower teeth
- Chewing surfaces, especially on molars
- Your tongue to get rid of bacteria that causes bad breath
The majority of dental professionals suggest a soft-bristled tooth brush with a small head in order to facilitate access to all areas within your mouth. You should also replace your toothbrush when it shows wear, or every three months.
The Austin dental team of BridgeView Dental is committed to providing patients with the best dental care around. Contact us today at 512-347-8299 to ensure that your oral health needs are properly met.