Tooth brushing removes the plaque from the front and back of the teeth. It takes about two minutes of brushing to remove all the plaque. You should brush your teeth in the morning and after you’ve eaten the last meal of the day. Remember that plaque also coats your tongue – be sure to clean your tongue as well. If your teeth touch, you need to clean in-between your teeth with something. You can you dental floss, small interdental brushes, wooden stimulators, or water irrigation devices.
How often should I replace my toothbrush?
You should replace your toothbrush four times a year. If your toothbrush bristles are frayed and bent, you need to replace your brush sooner. Worn toothbrushes are ineffective in cleaning teeth.
Are electric toothbrushes good to use?
Yes! Especially if you have a tendency to brush too hard, or if you have any type of dexterity problems.
What kind of rinse should I use?
That depends on your oral problems. If you get a lot of cavities, a fluoride rinse can really help. You can buy fluoride rinses over-the-counter or your dentist can prescribe a stronger, prescription strength fluoride. If gingivitis is a problem, using an antibacterial rinse can help. Some antibacterial rinses can be purchased over-the-counter and others are prescription strength.