A quick few seconds of scrubbing is how many people go about their brushing routine. This provides your teeth with an adequate clean right? Wrong! Here’s how to get the most of your brushing routine.
It takes skill
There is a certain technique to be used when it comes to brushing your teeth. But don’t be fooled, this isn’t rocket science! It’s actually pretty straightforward. Firstly, it takes two minutes, not two seconds. Use a soft bristled toothbrush and gently brushing all surfaces of your teeth. An electric toothbrush can help you do this more effectively.
Brushing for two minutes twice a day can help to remove plaque. Plaque is a sticky substance which, when left on your teeth for extended periods of time, can progress into tartar or decay your teeth. We therefore suggest stopping decay in its tracks by setting aside two minutes twice a day to brush your teeth.
Fluoride toothpaste and disclosing tablets
Fluoride toothpaste is a great way to strengthen your teeth as it replaces lost minerals. By doing this it also helps to prevent cavities. For maximum benefit, use toothpaste with 1350-1500 ppmF – that’s concentration of fluoride in parts per million – to prevent tooth decay. Check your toothpaste’s concentration by reading the ingredients on the back of the tube.
As mentioned before, you will need to remove plaque from your teeth. But here’s the catch: plaque is sneaky. It’s almost the same colour as your teeth.
How are you expected to know if you have sufficiently removed something you can barely see? We have two words: “disclosing tablets”.
These nifty little things are inexpensive and found in a variety of supermarkets and pharmacies. They make plaque more visible, showing areas you may have missed when brushing.
Spit, don’t rinse
Have you ever noticed that your breath is a little less-than-fresh in the mornings? That infamous morning breath is caused by the fact that you produce less saliva during your sleep which is the culprit of your infamous morning breath. But not only that, the lower supply of saliva during your sleep leaves your teeth more vulnerable to acid attacks and decay. That’s why it’s important to remove food from your teeth before bed so plaque bacteria can’t feast overnight.
Our Top Tip: Once you’ve brushed, don’t rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash – you’re washing away the fluoride! This can be a difficult habit to break, but can reduce tooth decay by up to 25%.
Limit your sugar
Sugar is notorious for causing tooth decay. But we love it, and so do the bacteria in your mouth! Bacteria produce acids after they metabolise sugar, and the acids cause demineralisation of the teeth. Limiting your sugar intake during the day can be a big help when it comes to the fight against tooth decay.
In essence, caring for your teeth at home is pretty simple! Brush twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, spit don’t rinse, eat and drink nothing after brushing, and don’t have sugar more than four times daily. Easy!