How Many People Actually Brush Their Teeth?

This is an interesting statistic that is compared to how many people use a cell phone, reports Danbury CT dentist Jay M. Marks, DMD What was your guess? While we are at it, lets review some brushing facts.

How to Brush your teeth

It actually takes 120 seconds, which is a FULL 2 minutes! Most of us don't even come near that amount of time. A short tutorial follows (I'm sure you can't wait to read this!):
  • Brush the cheek side surfaces of your uppers, followed by doing the same on the lowers
  • Brush the tongue side surfaces of your uppers, followed by doing the same on the lowers
  • Now clean the chewing surfaces of all your teeth
  • Don't forget to brush your tongue in order to keep your breath nice and fresh

Pay special attention to your restorations (crowns and fillings etc.), and to your gum line areas.

Type of brush

It is best to use a brush that has soft, round ended bristles. The head of the brush should be small enough to be able to reach the very back teeth, and all other areas of the mouth. An alternative would be to use an electric toothbrush, especially for those who have problems with manual dexterity.

Toothpaste to Use

Some toothpastes have specific benefits such as preventing cavities, preventing gum inflammation, tooth discoloration & tooth sensitivity. Ask us if you need some advice on which toothpaste is best for you.

How Often to Replace Your Toothbrush

Every 3 to 4 months or when the bristles show wear and tear, whichever one occurs first. You may not have thought of this, but change your brush after you've had a cold, since germs can hide and collect on the brush and can re infect you.

If you have any questions about taking care of your teeth, or gums, or if you need a second opinion about anything dental, please contact us!