If your gums bleed when brushing your teeth, visit a dentist. It is possible that it could be a sign of gum disease or simply that your brush is not right. If you’re bleeding no matter what toothbrush type you use, speak with a dentist right away.
Make sure to floss daily. Too many people skip or forget this step, and it is very important to your dental care routine. You get food and bacteria stuck in between your teeth. A toothbrush can’t reach deep in between teeth to remove them. You need to floss at least once a day to prevent dental issues like bad breath, gingivitis, enamel wear, etc.
You should brush after every meal. This may seem like a chore to many people, but it really will help you maintain optimum dental health. If you are not in a position to brush your teeth after a meal, chew a piece of sugar-free gum. The gum will remove some food particles and activate your saliva to reduce any bacteria formation.
If you are moving from one dentist to another, bring your x-rays with you. X-rays provide valuable information about your teeth and dental history. They can help your new dentist to establish an effective treatment plan that works for you. Many dentists can even email x-rays, making it easy for you to transfer them from office to office.
Keep your toothbrush clean! You are brushing to remove bacteria after all. If you don’t clean your brush head after every brushing, you’ll be recontaminating your mouth with each use. Wash out the brush head every time you use it. Simply place it under the water faucet and completely rinse out the bristles.
Encourage young children to brush longer by getting them fun toothbrushes. There are brushes that flash a little light with a press of a button. Have your child brush until the light automatically goes off, usually after about two minutes. This is a fun timer for your child to use while brushing.
As was stated earlier, some people think that whitening toothpaste is the only type of cleansing their teeth need. You should mix in a mouthwash that attacks bacteria if you are going to use whitening toothpaste. Otherwise, gum disease can end up lurking behind those perfectly pearly white teeth.