Tooth brushing has become second nature in our routine. We hardly give a second thought to whether we are doing it the correct way. It has been scientifically proven that keeping your teeth clean can help to prevent cavities and gum diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis.
Here are some common questions our patients ask, and our dentists’ answers:
Is there a proper time to brush teeth?
The recommendation to brushing teeth is to do it once in the day and in the evening. Follow the rule of 2’s for keeping good oral health:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day
- Brush for two minutes each time
- Visit your dentist at least twice a year
It is advised that you wait at least 30 minutes to an hour before brushing your teeth after a meal. This is due to the acids in fruits, fizzy drinks or any other foods which contain acid, and can soften your enamel and wear away when brushing.
Should I use an electric or manual toothbrush?
There is no tool more superior to the other when it comes to tooth brushing. The rule is that as long as each of the surfaces of your teeth is thoroughly cleaned for at least two minutes, it will suffice. Some people find it more convenient to use an electric toothbrush.
Is flossing necessary?
Regular flossing is not just for dislodging food wedged between your teeth, it also allows areas that are hard to reach to be cleaned. Without flossing, bacteria can harbor in the nook of your teeth and secrete acids that eat away at your tooth enamel. Flossing is an integral part to your oral health.