It’s an age old question – how many times a day do we really need to brush our teeth in order to avoid common problems like staining, cavities, tooth decay and gum disease? According to the American Dental Association, brushing at least twice a day is necessary to help prevent the buildup of harmful plaque. And while the frequency of daily brushing is important, developing good brushing techniques is also vital to maintaining good oral health.
Preventive Dental Care in Coral Springs
Even with consistent brushing, common mistakes like using the wrong type of toothbrush, brushing too forcefully or using the wrong technique can leave behind traces of food and bacteria that lead to plaque and future dental problems. Coral Springs, FL based dentists, Dr. Howard Listopad and Dr. Tammy Finder, recommend following a few simple tips to get the most out of every brushing session:
Use the right toothbrush – Make sure that the brush is the right size for your mouth and choose softer bristles to avoid irritating and damaging the gums.
Take your time – Most people cut their brushing sessions too short. Dentists recommend spending a solid two minutes per session (at least twice or three times a day).
Cover all the bases – Dividing the mouth into quadrants while brushing helps to ensure that all sections of the mouth – especially the hard to reach teeth in the back – are adequately brushed and cleaned.
Speak to your dentist – Everyone’s teeth and gums are different. Visit the dentist at least once a year and discuss the level and frequency of at home oral care and hygiene that is most appropriate for your needs.
Find a Dentist in Coral Springs
Practicing good oral hygiene at home is the first step in keeping the teeth and gums healthy, but regular visits to the dentist for yearly check ups and professional dental cleanings are also an integral part of maintaining good oral health, and preventing tooth decay and gum disease. For more information, contact Listopad & Finder, D.D.S., P.A. in Coral Springs, FL by calling (954) 752-2970 to schedule an appointment today.