Frequently Asked Oral Health Questions

Your oral healthcare is extremely important, and if you don’t look after it, you can get some pretty serious illnesses from it such as gingivitis and tooth decay. Both of these can be painful and cost a lot of money to get fixed. One way in which you can help prevent this from happening is to brush your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes. You also need to floss at least once and use mouthwash for a thorough clean. It is surprising how many people don’t actually know how to brush their teeth properly. Not knowing how to brush your teeth properly can cause abrasion or can damage your gums. If you are struggling, then you should book an appointment at a private dentist so that you can get shown how to do it properly; they will also clean your teeth properly too. 

In addition to brushing your teeth twice a day, you should also clean between your teeth at least once a day with floss or a floss alternative. Flossing often gets forgotten as part of your oral health routine, but it is extremely important. At first, flossing may hurt and your gums may be tender, but once you have this as part of your routine, it will hurt less and you will definitely feel the difference. Dental floss is important due to it being able to get in the crevices under the tooth where a toothbrush simply can’t reach. Beyond Dental ensures that you get the full service your oral health deserves and can give you good instruction on ensuring you floss correctly. In this article, we will go through some simple questions frequently asked about oral health.

What Toothbrush Should I Use?

The choice is yours when it comes to what toothbrush you should use as it depends on what feels right for you. Dentists will often recommend that one should use a small-headed toothbrush for those tighter areas. They will also recommend using a soft brush as this is better for removing plaque and debris. An electric toothbrush is also a very good choice as it can do a better job at cleaning the teeth and is great for those small areas in the mouth.

How Important Is The Toothpaste I Use?

The toothpaste must be right for you, there is no real answer. In this day and age, there are many different types of toothpaste that are designed for multiple reasons such as cavities, tartar, stained teeth, sensitivity and much more. This is why it is important to look at the packaging and pay attention to your teeth so you can make a decision.

Can I Over Brush My Teeth?

In short, yes. You can overbrush your teeth quite easily. The best way to prevent this is to buy a soft bristle toothbrush and be gentle in the way that you brush your teeth. If you overbrush or are too vigorous, then this can cause abrasion, receding gums and also make your teeth sensitive. 

How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush? 

If you think about it, you use the brush at least twice a day, and if you don’t have a toothbrush head protector, then your toothbrush is open to the elements of the toilet. With this being said, a toothbrush should be replaced every 3-4 months or if the bristles are fraying or alternatively, you can replace them earlier than that if you feel it is looking well used. You should also change your toothbrush after you have been ill so that you don’t infect yourself again. 

When Is The Best Time To Brush Your Teeth?

Some dentists may recommend that one should brush their teeth after every meal. This can be okay, but often, this leads to over brushing. If you brush twice a day, then you should be brushing once in the morning and then once in the evening. If you eat before you brush your teeth in the morning, it is important to wait an hour before you clean them as the sugars and acids can remove your enamel.   

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