Brush to your health
It has been proven that poor oral health can cause problems with your overall general health. Gum disease has been linked to heart disease and diabetes. In order to prevent gum disease, as well as cavities, it is important to follow a good oral cleaning routine. The ADA recommends brushing twice a day for two minutes as well as flossing daily. This is great advice and a good place to start but technique is key to completely remove food and bacteria from your teeth and gums. Here are some helpful tips for brushing:
1. Point the bristles of the brush at a 45 degree angle towards the gum tissue and use small circuluar motions to clean the teeth and gums. You should go over the outside (by your cheeks) and on the inside (by your tongue or roof of your mouth) surfaces to ensure everything is getting clean.
2. If you find it difficult to perform the circular motions, invest in a electric toothbrush. The electric toothbrush does not need to have all the bells and whistles but should have a rechargable battery. Most of the Oral B and Sonicare brushes work well at cleaning the surfaces of your teeth.
3. Save Brushing for Last! Mouth rinses and flossing should take place before you brush. This allows the fluoride in your toothpaste maximal contact with the enamel of your teeth. Using mouth rinse after brushing will only dilute and wash away the fluoride, minimizing the effectiveness of your toopaste.