Brushing teeth can often feel like a simple activity you do just to keep your mouth clean. However, a good oral care routine does so much more than just giving you that clean-mouth feeling!
Discover all the amazing ways brushing teeth regularly can help improve your overall oral health. Plus, learn the steps for making sure you are doing it properly.
Removes Tartar/Plaque Build-up
Both plaque and tartar (calcified plaque) buildup are common dental problems. And both of can cause you to develop gum disease or tooth decay. Those little bristles on your toothbrush are designed to gently brush away the tartar and plaque that build up on the enamel of your teeth and around the gum line, promoting healthier teeth and gums.
Helps Prevent Cavities and Tooth Decay
Most toothpastes come with fluoride. Fluoride helps slow the breakdown of enamel and increases the rate of the remineralization process. This means the new enamel crystals that form are harder, larger and more resistant to acid. When you brush your teeth regularly with a fluoride toothpaste, you can help strengthen weak spots and prevent the early stages of tooth decay, or cavities.
Remedies Occasional Bad Breath
Morning breath (or any kind of bad breath) is not fun. The best way to improve bad breath is to stick to a regular tooth-brushing routine. When you brush your teeth, you remove the food particles and bacteria that can cause bad breath. Mouthwashes can help improve bad breath and provide that fresh-breath feeling we love, but brushing teeth daily helps remove, treat and prevent bad-breath causing bacteria.
Promotes Gum Health
Brushing overall promotes healthier teeth and gums. But some people may brush their teeth too hard, which may result in receding gums, inflammation or even bleeding gums.
Brushing gently not only cleans your teeth, but massages your gums and gum line, too. Flossing should also be included in your oral health routine to help further promote happier, healthier gums by removing food and plaque in between teeth and around the gum line.
Helps Prevent Teeth Sensitivity
Many people experience sensitive teeth and gums. This can happen for a variety of reasons. Brushing your teeth regularly can help prevent sensitivity. Make sure you use a soft bristled brush, and don’t brush too rigorously; a gentle circle brushing motion will do.
Brush with a sensitivity toothpaste like Crest Gum and Sensitivity, which will continue removing plaque to clean teeth while providing fast relief from sensitivity by treating it at the source — your gum line.
Steps to Brushing Teeth Properly
Now that we know all the ways brushing teeth can help promote improved oral heath, it’s time to learn how to brush your teeth properly. Did you know 70% of us think we brush the way the ADA recommends, but only 20% of us actually do it correctly?
Make sure you brush twice a day for two minutes. If using a manual toothbrush, brush in gentle, circular motions. If using an electric toothbrush, allow the brush to do most of the work for you, making sure to evenly and gently brush each section of your mouth. Plus, make sure to floss every time you brush your teeth to help remove any remaining food particulars and promote gum health.
While the ADA states both manual and electric toothbrushes are effective at removing plaque, electric toothbrushes provide a wealth of benefits. First, with moving or pulsating bristles, electric toothbrushes do most of the work for you and help you better clean those hard-to-reach areas of your mouth and around your gum line.
Second, electric toothbrushes often include built-in timers so you brush the full two-minutes, pressure sensors so you don’t brush your teeth too hard and even different brushing modes so you can a better clean specific to your oral health needs.
Finally, for Oral-B Connect users, our smart toothbrushes connect you in more ways than ever before with real-time brushing feedback and daily brushing insights, providing new ways to achieve a healthier smile.