You always hear the same thing from every dentist... brushing is vital! Brushing your teeth is the best and easiest way to remove cavity-causing plaque and other debris from your teeth. Plaque is a colourless, sticky substance that reacts with the bacteria and decaying food particles in your mouth. If you leave it on your teeth for a long enough time, it begins to destroy the enamel.
It is best to brush your teeth three times a day - before bedtime or after a meal. It is best to spend between 2-3 minutes brushing your teeth so you don't miss any hard-to-reach spots.
Here are some simple tips to keep in mind when brushing your teeth:
- Use small, circular motions and brush at a 45-degree angle
- Brush all of your teeth, near the gum line, your tongue, and "roof" of your mouth
- Choose a toothbrush with a soft, round-headed bristle; it is recommended by the Dental Association to buy a toothbrush with a compact head - 1" by 1/2" to make it simpler to reach small areas of your mouth
- It is best to replace your toothbrush at least four times a year or more often if you have been sick