Toothpaste is simply a tool. It will not help if you buy it and then fail to brush your teeth. Brushing your teeth removes all of the harmful bacteria and plaque that accumulate from eating. Whatever toothpaste you use, it will not help unless you are serious about brushing your teeth.
The market is also flooded with different toothbrush options.
It usually doesn’t matter whether you use a manual or electric toothbrush as long as you use them correctly. People may, however, prefer one over the other. For example, an electric toothbrush may have a timer that will assist you in brushing for the recommended two minutes. Children may find electric toothbrushes more enjoyable and, as a result, clean their teeth more thoroughly. Toothbrush bristle hardness is indicated on toothbrushes as “soft," “medium," or “hard." Most people will only require a soft or medium toothbrush. A hard brush can harm your teeth and gums, especially if you scrub them harshly.
Whatever brush you choose, use the proper brushing technique. This entails holding your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, where your tooth and gum tissue meet. This can aid in cleaning beneath your gums. Remember to brush the surface of your teeth gently in a circular motion, rather than scrubbing back and forth. This can cause gum disease! If you’re unsure about the toothbrush or brushing technique to use, consult with your dentist, who can make specific recommendations based on your oral health.
Most major toothpaste brands contain abrasive agents. But don’t be concerned about the label. Abrasive agents are frequently beneficial. Fluoride is an essential component of toothpaste. It strengthens tooth enamel, the protective layer on the outside of your teeth, making them less susceptible to chipping and cracking. The enamel weakens when you consume staining substances such as coffee, cigarettes, wine, tea, and sugary drinks. Fluoride mitigates this problem, but you should still brush your teeth more frequently if you smoke or consume any of these products. Fluoride also protects against previous damage by reversing the decay process of teeth. The fluoride concentration in these toothpastes is extremely low.
Yes, excessive fluoride use is hazardous to our health, but the amounts used in toothpaste are negligible, and thus social media videos opposing the use of fluorides in toothpaste do not provide accurate and complete information.
Most dentists will recommend a soft/ medium bristle toothbrush because it is the most comfortable and safest option. Softer bristle brushes are gentler on the gums, depending on how vigorously you brush, whereas hard bristle brushes can actually damage the gums, root surface, and tooth enamel.
Brushing twice a day for at least 2 minutes is generally recommended. People frequently believe they are brushing their teeth long enough. In reality, most people brush their teeth for less than a minute. Furthermore, brushing for 2 minutes twice a day is preferable to brushing quickly 5 or more times throughout the day. Brushing your teeth during the day while at work, school, or play is recommended by healthcare providers. Keeping a toothbrush nearby—in your desk or backpack—increases the likelihood that you will brush your teeth during the day. Every 2 to 3 months, replace your toothbrush.
It is critical to remember that the purpose of this article is to provide general guidelines for practising good oral health and hygiene. Before introducing or changing your oral technique or brush, we always recommend consulting with your dentist. Book an appointment and online consultation with Acme Dental lounge for your healthy smile for a long-term and sustainable solution to your oral health.