Brushing teeth at least twice per day, especially after eating, removes food particles, as well as plaque, which is the film that forms on your teeth. It is essential that you remove plaque regularly, as it is made up of bacteria and acids, which cause tooth decay and gum disease. By brushing with a fluoride toothpaste, not only will you be helping to reduce the bacteria level in your mouth, but this will also help to remineralize your teeth to make them stronger.
During the next visit with your Smiley Dental dentist, we can help you to identify the best way to brush, and recommend the best toothpaste for your needs. Brushing with a soft-bristled brush will help to prevent injury to the gum tissue and damage to the enamel of the teeth. Your toothbrush should be shaped and angled to make it easy to reach every tooth. If you have a child, remember that their toothbrush should be smaller to fit their mouths. Also, toothbrushes that are worn will not be able to clean your teeth as designed, and can actually cause injury to the gums. In general, you should replace your toothbrush every few months, when it shows signs of wear, or after an illness.