The day after Halloween can be an interesting one. Inevitably, your house will be covered in candy wrappers, decorative cobwebs, and you might even encounter a sleepy goblin with a tummy ache. The merriment is far from over as November 1st is actually National Brush Day. This will hopefully help balance the consumption of all the trick-or-treat goodies. In honor of the upcoming holiday, here are a few brushing tips from Dr. James Kirby, your dentist in Franklin.
1. Brush at Least Twice a Day
No one’s breath smells very pleasant in the morning. This is because all the bacteria in your mouth has had a chance to build up. This bacteria not only affects your breath, but your teeth as well. This is why you should brush when you get up in the morning. Not only will it give you fresh breath, but it will help keep your teeth healthy. Brushing in the evening helps break up the food and plaque that have built up on your teeth over the course of the day. Twice a day is enough, as brushing 3 times or more can actually start to wear down your teeth.
2. Brush for at Least 2 Minutes
Did you know most adults do not brush their teeth long enough? It’s easy to let your mind wander and not keep track of time. The ideal length in order to properly clean your teeth is two minutes. Most electric toothbrushes have a timer, so this can be easy. If you are using a manual tooth brush, just set a timer, or even more fun, put on a song so you don’t have to think about it.
3. Brush Every Side of Each Tooth
It’s common for people to miss large portions of their teeth when brushing, especially along the back teeth. Take special care to brush the front, back, and sides of each tooth. Plaque can build up on all of these areas. Also, remember to brush along the gum line to help prevent gum disease.
4. Use a Slight Circular Motion
Brushing with a gentle circular motion is a better for breaking up plaque than simply scrubbing back and forth. If you’re going to brush, might as well do it in the most efficient way possible!
5. Come See Us!
You don’t necessarily have to come see us the exact day after Halloween, but this is the perfect time of year for a routine visit to Green Hills. There are simply too many small surfaces on your teeth to reach with brushing alone, and this is where a professional dental cleaning can help. Our special tools and expert eyes can clean those problem areas and keep you in good shape between regular check-ups. The team at Green Hills wish you a Happy Halloween and a Merry National Brush Day!
About the Author
Dr. James Kirby is an expert when it comes to honing your brushing technique. He’s been practicing dentistry for over a decade and provided compassionate care in both private and corporate dental offices. To learn more about mastering your brushing technique or learn about the practice, contact him through his website.