Outside of maintaining a good diet and not completely ruining your teeth with sugar and sweets (or bad habits), the most surefire way to give yourself great teeth for years to come is a solid brushing routine.
Unfortunately, some patients have a hard time getting there.
First, our dentists in Garden Grove recommend brushing with a toothpaste that contains fluoride. While there has been some debate over fluoride outside of the dental community for years – it’s worth remembering that fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that actively helps remineralize your teeth and protect your dental enamel. Most dentists prefer fluoride toothpaste for its powerful ability to slow or even stop the progression of decay on your teeth.
Years ago, the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention realized that stopping or slowing dental decay was incredibly important due to a high rate of childhood cavities. To this day, the fluoridation of public water has been one of the most successful public health initiatives in recent history.
So, if you’re not using fluoridated toothpaste – give it a shot.
With toothpaste covered, the next natural topic is toothbrushes. Some patients wonder if a manual or electronic toothbrush is best – and the real answer is: it depends. When it comes to taking care of your teeth – technique is king. There are many studies showing the effectiveness of electric toothbrushes and their ability to help patients who either brush too hard or don’t brush enough (due to built-in timers in most electric toothbrushes).
If you don’t have the discipline to brush for a full two minutes at a 45-degree angle, while effectively cleaning your teeth and gums and moving from one tooth to the other – an electronic toothbrush can definitely help. If you don’t have an electric toothbrush – one good way to make sure you brush for long enough can be to sing a song in your head (great for kids) or simply put an egg-timer near your sink. Making sure you’re brushing correctly and for enough time is perhaps the simplest and quickest way to ensure your teeth are healthy for many years to come.
Just a couple minutes every day makes sure you don’t have to spend a lifetime with fake, replaced, or missing teeth.