Happy National Brush Day! Brush Up on Your Dental Health

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013, 9:55 pm

If you treated yourself to plenty of candy this Halloween, you can make up for it on the 1st of November. That’s National Brush Day, and a great time to make sure that you’ve been cleaning your teeth properly.

Your dental hygiene routine should consist of brushing your teeth for at least two minutes, twice a day. Don’t forget to thoroughly brush your tongue, as well as your gumline and behind the two front teeth, which is an area that is often overlooked and neglected when brushing.

Keep track of how long you’ve had your toothbrush, and make sure to replace your brush every three to four months, or when it begins to look or feel worn out. Check with your dentist about whether you should use a medium or soft bristle brush, since hard-bristle toothbrushes may be too harsh for your teeth — especially if you’re worried about enamel erosion or a receding gumline.

In addition, you should be flossing daily to remove what your toothbrush alone isn’t able to clear out, such as stubborn food particles that become lodged between the base of the teeth and the gums. Flossing also prevents plaque and tartar buildup, which brushing and antibacterial mouthwashes aren’t able to adequately remove.

If you have children, teach them good dental habits and make sure that they follow them. For example, supervise your children as they brush their teeth every morning and before bedtime to make sure that they brush for the entire recommended two minutes.

Many toothbrush brands now offer kids’ brushes that play a song and vibrate for two minutes, so it’s easy for children to tell when they’ve brushed for the right amount of time. Show your kids how to properly floss and get them fluoride mouthwash in their favorite flavor, so they’ll be more likely to use it every day.

Finally, stay on top of your family’s biannual tooth cleanings so that they don’t skip any of their appointments, and get a yearly checkup in order to spot and treat cavities and any other dental issues early on.

Dental Care in Toccoa

If you’d like to learn more about dental health or are due for a checkup, contact us today to schedule an appointment. Wilbanks Smile Center is located in Toccoa, GA, and we can be reached at 706-886-9439. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

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