Choose the right toothbrush
Make sure you are using the right toothbrush. Your toothbrush should be the right size for your mouth. An easy way to tell is if you struggle to get your mouth open wide enough to properly brush your back molars. If this is the case, you might want to switch to a smaller toothbrush. Make sure you check the toothbrush for bristle softness as well. Stiff bristles can hurt your gums, and usually a soft brush is recommended.
Take the time
Brushing two times a day, once in the morning and once at night is recommended--usually right after you wake up and last thing before you go to bed. You don’t want to brush right after eating as this is when you have the highest level of acid in your mouth and your enamel would be softest.
When you do brush, you should brush for 2 minutes at a time. Most people fail to reach this time. Getting a timer or an electric toothbrush that automatically times your brushing can help you keep track of your brushing time.
The best thing to do is dry brush for 1 minute, which means you brush without toothpaste or water. After this, apply toothpaste and brush for 2 minutes.
Brush at the max two to three times a day; brushing more than that can cause damage. Over-brushing your teeth can wear down your enamel and damage your gums.
Don’t brush too vigorously, either. Use a light touch, as brushing with too much force can damage your gums.
Technique is Everything
Did you know that brushing your teeth side to side could be bad for your gums? Instead you should hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums and brush up and down.
If you find it awkward or difficult to brush in up and down strokes, circular motions can be used.
You should gently brush all of your teeth's surfaces, inner and outer, plus molars, your tongue and even the roof of your mouth. Be sure to take the time to clean the hard-to-reach areas; you never know what has collected in them, and if you ignore these areas, it will allow plaque to build up and potentially damage your teeth.
Be Smart About Products
The products you use to clean your teeth are important. Certain whitening toothpastes can be harsh on your teeth. A simple fluoride toothpaste is best, such as Spry toothpaste with xylitol. If you prefer a fluoride-free toothpaste, Spry offers a number of options.
If you’re still interested in a whitening toothpaste, switch back and forth between a simple cleaning toothpaste and a whitening toothpaste.
Avoid Certain Foods
We all know sugary foods and drinks are bad for our teeth. Omitting or cutting back on certain items like sodas and energy drinks can help save your enamel from damage.
Not only are sugary drinks bad for your teeth, but so are fruit juices and sour candies. These items contain acids that soften tooth enamel. If you think brushing right afterward will help save you, you may be mistaken. In fact, you should wait for a half hour to brush after eating or drinking any of these acidic foods. When the acid softens your enamel and then you brush your teeth, it can more easily wear away that softened enamel. Waiting for a half hour will allow your enamel to re-harden.
Keep it Clean
Keeping your toothbrush out in the open of you bathroom isn’t the cleanest place for it. Leaving your toothbrush on the bathroom counter exposes it to potential bacteria from the sink and toilet. If you have a cupboard in your bathroom, stand it up in a holder and place the holder in the cupboard.
Allow your toothbrush to air dry. A toothbrush that is left wet and unable to air-dry is the perfect breading ground for bacteria. If you’re traveling, be sure to use a toothbrush cover that’s vented to let air in, allowing it to dry.
It’s also good practice to deep clean your toothbrush from time to time. We all know we should be switching out our toothbrushes every 3 or 4 months, but during those three months you should also keep your toothbrush clear of bacteria to prevent them from getting into your mouth. Fill a cup up with hydrogen peroxide--enough to cover the bristles--and let your toothbrush sit in the fluid for a few minutes. Dump the peroxide and rinse your toothbrush, then allow it to air dry like normal.
Switch it Up
As stated above, your toothbrush should be changed out completely every 3 to 4 months. If the bristles on your toothbrush have begun to lose their flexibility or breakdown, it may be time to change sooner.
If you’re looking for a new toothbrush, Spry has bamboo toothbrushes available for adults and kids. Head over to our online store and find out which of our Spry products is best for your oral health. Spry products are available at retail stores nationwide; find one near you and start getting healthier teeth today.