National Brush Day 

National Brush Day 

Did you know that National Brush Day is November 1st? It’s no coincidence that this day is recognized on the day right after Halloween. National Brush Day was established to reinforce just how important it is for children to develop healthy brushing habits for a lifetime of good oral health.

As your family dentist in Denver Highlands, we’ve got some great tips for establishing those early brushing habits. Remember that brushing your teeth does not just prevent a build-up of plaque and tartar. It can help to prevent cavities and reduce the risks of developing gum disease.

How Long Should Teeth Be Brushed For?

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that teeth should be brushed for two full minutes, at least twice each day. Two minutes can seem like an eternity for children and adults alike, but anything less is unlikely to effectively remove much of the plaque off of your teeth.

At OG Dental, we know that two minutes can seem like it is much longer than you’ve been brushing for. The average person brushes their teeth for around 45 seconds! Set a timer to make sure that you are getting those full two minutes of brushing done. Dr. Boals recommends silently singing the ABC’s three times!

How Should Teeth be Brushed?

In addition to ensuring that you’re brushing your teeth for two minutes, you must have the right brushing technique. The ADA offers guidelines for brushing to help encourage the best clean possible.

  • Set your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, to the gums
  • Using short strokes, tooth-wide, gently move the brush across your teeth
  • Be sure to brush all surfaces of your teeth. This includes the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of the teeth
  • Use a back and forth motion when brushing the chewing surfaces on your teeth
  • To brush the inner surfaces of teeth, use an up and down motion

Remember that at our dental offices in Denver, CO, patients can get a brushing demonstration and learn more about the best in brushing techniques.

Don’t Forget Your Tongue

Did you know that your tongue needs to be brushed daily? As your go-to Denver Highlands dentist, we encourage you to brush your tongue each time that you brush your teeth. Bacteria can accumulate on your tongue and even result in unpleasant breath. Another concern is that this is the same bacteria that is responsible for causing cavities and gum disease. Brushing the bacteria away can help to offer additional protection for your teeth and gums.

Rinsing and Storing Your Toothbrush

Do you completely rinse your toothbrush clean after you use it? Run hot water over the bristles of your toothbrush and then store it in an upright toothbrush holder. Dr. Leeson, a St. Pete, FL dentist, says to be sure that your toothbrush doesn’t touch the other toothbrushes belonging to other members of your household. This will help prevent the spread of harmful bacteria. If one person in the household has an infection, you could inadvertently spread the infection if your toothbrushes touch.

When to Brush Your Teeth

In an ideal world, it is recommended that you brush your teeth after every meal. Generally speaking, it’s more realistic to brush your teeth once in the morning when you get up and once again before you turn in for the night.

Be sure that you are using the right toothbrush. At our OG Dental office, we recommend that our patients use soft-bristled toothbrushes. Hard-bristled toothbrushes can result in damage to the enamel and gums. 

It is suggested that you replace your toothbrush every three or so months, and definitely after your six-month dental cleaning appointment. Call to schedule your check-up and dental cleaning with the best dentist Denver, CO families trust in.