Answering your Oral Health Questions
We get asked all the time about the do’s and don’ts of brushing your teeth. Should you rinse your mouth after brushing, should you spit out or keep the toothpaste in your mouth etc. For something so simple its surprising how confusing it can be. So is there really a correct way to brush your teeth? Blue Sky Dental answers some of your oral health questions.
Q) Does it really matter what toothbrush I use?
A) Yes. It is the size and texture of the head that is important. Choose a brush with a small head, soft to medium texture. The texture is enough to ensure plaque is thoroughly removed from your teeth and gums without causing any damage whilst the small head allows you to reach difficult areas.
Q) Should I brush before or after breakfast?
A) Many prefer to wait until after they have eaten before they brush their teeth but brushing straight after can actually damage the teeth due to the acids in food and drink. Its best to wait an hour or so after eating before brushing.
Q) Should I rinse with water after brushing?
A) No. When we brush we want the fluoride from the toothpaste to stay in contact with our teeth for as long as possible. This is why we only spit out and not rinse with water.
Q) Should I use mouthwash?
A) Mouthwash is great at making your mouth feel clean and fresh. Some are antibacterial and some contain fluoride too. If you are using a mouthwash it is best to wait about 30 minutes after brushing. If you use mouthwash straight away you will be removing the fluoride left from the toothpaste and not receive the full benefit from it.
Q) Do I really need to brush for 2 minutes?
A) In a recent study carried out by dentists, dental associations and government bodies, most recommended brushing your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes with a few even recommending 3 times a day for 2 minutes!
Q) Is it really important I clean between my teeth?
A) Yes. We miss cleaning a third of our tooth structure by not doing this. Make sure you do this at least once a day using either interdental brushes or dental floss.
Talk to your dentist about any dental concerns you have. They might suggest an appointment with a dental hygienist. As well as giving your teeth a good clean, they will advise you how best to keep your teeth clean and healthy, as well as demonstrate if necessary.