Did you ever stop to think about the way you brush your teeth? Like most patients, you have probably adopted some habits that you’ve been practicing for as long as you can remember. While we always applaud patients who are committed to dental hygiene and remember to brush their teeth on a daily basis, there are actually some key factors in accomplishing good brushing. Wondering if you’re doing an excellent job or wasting some of your time with subpar techniques? Quiz yourself to verify that you’re right on track (or to learn about the minor changes you need to make for a super clean grin).
Brushing Quiz: True or False?
- True or False: If you want to achieve a truly clean smile, the best course of dental hygiene is brushing as long as you can – the longer the better.
- True or False: You want to get as much plaque off of your teeth as possible during your brushing sessions. To accomplish this feat, you should buy a toothbrush with hard bristles.
- True or False: Brushing your teeth after you eat a meal or snack is a good way to protect against tooth decay. However, we suggest that you begin cleaning your smile after you eat by rinsing your mouth with water. After you wait for a period of approximately 30 minutes, it is then safe to brush your teeth.
Quiz Answer Key
- False. Over-brushing may irritate your gum tissue or eventually damage your enamel. The best approach to take with this dental hygiene habit is brushing for as close to two minutes as you can get (twice daily) – time yourself in the beginning to become accustomed to what two minutes feels like.
- False. This seems like a good idea but your tooth’s outermost layer – called enamel – is vulnerable to becoming scratched and damaged. Skip the hard bristles and opt instead for soft bristles. They work effectively without causing injury.
- True. If you brush immediately, you may simply press food and debris into your teeth and gums. By rinsing, waiting, and then brushing, you are doing your smile a favor.