Brushing your teeth daily is important for keeping them clean, healthy and free of cavities. For best results, the American Dental Association advises brushing twice a day using a toothpaste with fluoride. Brushing your teeth at least twice every day will help you maintain a healthy mouth in between professional dental cleanings. When it’s time for your next dental checkup, Dr. Jason Botts, your Germantown, Cordova and Collierville, TN dentist, can recommend other steps you can take at home, in addition to brushing twice daily, to maintain a healthy mouth.
Brush Twice a Day
In general, brushing helps loosen and remove trapped food particles. Aside from simply keeping your mouth clean and your breath fresh, though, there are many other reasons to brush your teeth twice a day. Brushing removes plaque, which is full of bacteria that can erode the enamel on teeth. Plaque that is not removed builds up and develops into tartar, which can eventually lead to gum disease and tooth decay.
Tartar cannot necessarily be removed with regular brushing. A professional dental cleaning with your Germantown, Cordova and Collierville dentist is typically the most effective way to remove tartar from the teeth. However, you can prevent tartar from developing in the first place by brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
When brushing your teeth, there are several tips you can follow to ensure that you are brushing properly. The American Dental Association makes the following recommendations:
- Brush twice a day
- Brush with a toothpaste that contains fluoride
- Use a toothbrush with soft bristles
- Use a toothbrush that is a comfortable size and shape for your mouth
- Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months or as soon as the bristles become frayed
- Brush all areas of the mouth, including all surfaces of the teeth, as well as the gums, tongue and roof of your mouth
In addition to brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, the American Dental Association also recommends flossing daily. Maintaining a healthy diet and replacing sugary drinks with water will also help you maintain better oral health. Finally, regular dental checkups are important to ensuring a healthy mouth that remains free of cavities or gum disease.
For optimal oral health in between dental visits, remember to brush twice a day. To schedule your next dental checkup with Dr. Botts, contact Botts Dental Spa in Germantown, Cordova and Collierville, TN at (901) 737-2200.