The first line of defense in the war against all things that harm your mouth – tooth decay, gum disease and more – is a deceptive simple weapon: your toothbrush. It’s the tool that will give you great teeth in Forked River!
The toothbrush has been around for millennia, though not always as we know it. The ancient Egyptians frayed tiny branches in order to create their toothbrushes. The 15 Century Chinese used natural bristles to create something very much like to the brushes we use today. But it was less than 100 years ago, in the 1930s, when nylon was invented and toothbrushes finally became modern.
Modern toothbrushes have been refined and redesigned over the decades, with many fine adjustments helping them become more effective at keeping your teeth clean.
But without YOU, your toothbrush can’t do its job properly. Here is what you need to know:
How to Brush Properly
A surprising number of people do not brush their teeth properly. Even though this is part of our daily routine and it seems like it should be easy, over time even the best of us can develop up bad habits. Once formed, bad habits are hard to break – and when they are bad brushing habits, they can make your brushing far less effective.
Here is some advice to keep in mind:
- Brush twice a day, three times if possible
- Each brushing session should last two minutes
- Use short strokes when you brush
- Don’t forget to brush your tongue (gently)!
- Brushing too hard can damage your enamel, so don’t do it!
A good way to be sure that you brush effectively is to divide your mouth into four quadrants: bottom left, bottom right, top left, top right. Brush in each quadrant for 30 seconds, using short, and gentle strokes and/or swirls. If you do this two to three times per day, you’ll be well on your way to taking amazing care of your teeth!
Once you’ve mastered brushing, the next step is to keep your toothbrush in good shape.
How To Care For Your Toothbrush
Your toothbrush is your best tool for ensuring you have a healthy mouth, so naturally you’ll want to take care of it. Toothbrushes that are a gnarled, mangled mess won’t do a good of keeping your mouth fresh and clean.
In order to keep yours in great shape, follow these tips:
- Do not ever share your toothbrush!
- Be sure to brush gently; let the bristles do the work
- Be sure to thoroughly rinse the toothbrush after you’re done
- To keep microorganism growth to a minimum, don’t store your toothbrush in a closed container
- Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months
Remember, your toothbrush is the single most important part of your oral health routine. Treat it poorly and it will treat your mouth poorly. Treat it well, however, and you can have many years of excellent oral health. When you visit your dentist near Manahawkin, they’ll notice the difference!
And isn’t that what this is all about? Having the healthiest mouth possible?