We cannot stress enough the importance of brushing to keep the mouth clean and healthy. But does brushing daily really give you clean and sparkling teeth? The answer depends on many other factors such as your brushing technique, the number of times you brush, and even the type of brush you use. In Wheaton, IL, your Wheaton dentists, Dr. David Carlson, and Dr. Michael Schuiling, at Carlson Dental, recommend that patients brush their teeth properly to remove plaque effectively.
Plaque is a sticky film that forms on the surface of the tooth and contains bacteria. Together with the food debris, it can lead to hard deposits on the teeth known as calculus. Brushing can clear away this sticky film thus preventing it from hardening. Choose a soft-bristle toothbrush with a head that can reach all areas in your mouth to clean. You can use fluoride toothpaste that will fight cavities. Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle to the gums and move it back and forth. Brush for at least 2 minutes, twice daily. You should not apply too much pressure as it can harm your teeth and gums. Your Wheaton dentists, in Wheaton, IL, Dr. David Carlson, and Dr. Michael Schuiling say vigorous brushing over some time may cause damage to the outer part of the teeth called enamel. You should brush all surfaces of the teeth and stand in front of a mirror to do it better.
Apart from the teeth, the tongue should also be cleaned. Floss once a day to clean in between the teeth. Replace your toothbrush as soon as the bristles are frayed and store your toothbrush in a dry place. The elderly can choose an electric toothbrush also if they face challenges with manual brushing.
Once the plaque hardens, you may need to seek professional teeth cleaning services at a dental office. For more information regarding brushing and oral care, visit our Wheaton dentists, in Wheaton, IL, Dr. David Carlson, and Dr. Michael Schuiling at Carlson Dental by calling (630) 653-9002 today.