In this day and age time is so precious that some of the everyday things we do to keep ourselves healthy go unnoticed.
Think about it: When you’re brushing your teeth, do you even think about what you’re actually doing? Or has it become such a habit, you don’t even remember putting the toothpaste on the brush and actually brushing.
Hey, you’re certainly not alone. But Physicians First Messages is here to remind you that the simple task of brushing your teeth should be taken more seriously for the long-term care of your teeth and gums.
For starters, you should select a brush that’s suitable for you. Make sure you use a brush that’s not too big and that the bristles aren’t too stiff. The American Dental Association recommends using a soft brush regardless if you go electric or manual.
Second, how many times a day do you brush? And exactly how long do you brush? Michael Sesemann, DDS, the former president of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, says brushing twice a day is recommended and no more than three times because brushing too often could wear down tooth enamel.
In addition, Sesemann says you should brush for at least two minutes. “Most people fall short of the time period,’’ he says. He suggests you divide your mouth into four sections and spend 30 seconds on each.
To make time go faster, says Sesemann, watch TV. You can even set a timer.
And don’t get too picky on the brand of toothpaste you choose. Some brands claim to specialize in treating certain things, like tartar or whitening, but Sesemann says using the basic, fluoride toothpaste is just fine.
Finally, always remember to clean your brush when you’re finished so it doesn’t retain germs or old toothpaste. And how old is your brush? The ADA recommends getting a new one every three or four months.
Something as simple as brushing your teeth is very important. Physicians First Messages wants to make sure you’re doing it correctly.
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