The foundation of a solid oral health routine is brushing twice a day for 2 minutes each time, and flossing once a day. Together, these habits prevent plaque buildup and help keep your teeth strong. If you are inconsistent with these habits, the plaque can harden into tartar, putting you at risk for tooth decay and gum disease.
The ADA recommends using a soft-bristled toothbrush. This helps clean your teeth without damaging your gums. They also recommend toothpaste with mild abrasives and added fluoride. Mild abrasives help your toothbrush clean the surface of your teeth, while fluoride strengthens the mineral density of your tooth enamel.
Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months for maximum effectiveness. Replace it sooner if it gets contaminated! Store your brush upright, in open air. This will help keep it clean and minimize bacterial growth for the 3-4 months that you have it.
When shopping for a new toothbrush, make sure you look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. More than just a logo, this small seal has big implications. It indicates that the product has passed rigorous tests for safety and effectiveness.
If you are in the Lakewood, Colorado, area and you have a questions about how to maintain your oral hygiene, you should call 303-232-6205 to schedule a dental checkup at Roger Anderson DDS. Dr. Roger Anderson and our team will be happy to help!