If You Only Brush Once a Day

Post by: Gerarda on 05 Jul 2022

Maintaining good oral hygiene takes among other things, regularly brushing your teeth. Tell me something I don´t know, you may say.

Dental associations around the world recommend brushing your teeth twice a day, for two minutes each time. That means brush after breakfast for two minutes and again at night for another two minutes. That is a whopping four minutes out of your day and yet not everyone follows this recommendation. More people than you might think actually go through the day only brushing once. While that is better than not brushing at all which is essentially 2% of the population, it actually increases your chances of incurring costly dental treatment later on.

Brushing your teeth twice a day as is suggested by dental professionals has a few advantages, it saves the embarrassment of having bad breath and stained teeth.

By brushing only once a day:

1. Cavities are almost a certainty and that increases your risk by 33%. When you brush your teeth, it helps to remove food particles and the sticky substance containing bacteria that forms on your teeth called plaque. This bacteria-containing plaque produces acid which attack tooth enamel and if not removed causes cavities.

2. Increases your chance of getting gum disease – only brushing once every 24 hours creates a feast for the existing bacteria in your mouth. The plaque that isn’t removed hardens and becomes tartar which makes it harder to keep the teeth clean. Tartar build-up on your gums leads to inflammation and bleeding gums that causes gum disease. This is also known as periodontal disease.

3. Can lead to more dental treatment. Needing a one-off filling is one thing and can happen to the best of us, but brushing only once a day almost guarantees more fillings and bigger fillings. Sometimes the tooth is decayed to the point of needing root canal treatment or a crown. Those costs can be avoided by adding another two minutes a day to your brushing routine.

One of the best ways to care for your teeth and gums is simple. Regular brushing. And that means twice a day. After meals.

Adding flossing to your routine is also beneficial, but that is for another day.

 

To Floss or Not To Floss

Post by: Gerarda on 23 Feb 2022

A common question we hear at Stockholm Dental is, “Do I really need to floss, or is brushing enough?” Unlike many things in life, flossing isn’t a mere suggestion; it’s actually an integral part of good oral hygiene, therefore, an indispensable part of your daily routine.

The purpose of flossing is to remove plaque and food particles from tight spaces between your teeth and hard to reach places. Flossing helps to keep your gums protected from bacteria which can cause periodontal disease. Flossing also keeps your teeth free of decay and your smile white.

The purpose of daily flossing is not only to promote healthy teeth, it further contributes to your health in other ways. There is increasing evidence linking periodontal disease to an increased risk of heart disease and an increase of inflammatory substances in the blood. (See blog post Jan 11, 2022)

Teeth brushing alone may not protect you from gum disease and subsequent tooth loss in extreme cases; however, adding flossing to your daily routine helps improve the health of your gums which in turn prevents gums from bleeding and feeding bacteria which causes tooth decay.

The American Dental Association has recommended flossing since 1908 and that recommendation hasn’t changed. Make the most of your oral care routine.

Don’t skip the flossing.

Which toothbrush is most effective?

Post by: Gerarda on 27 May 2019

The correct answer is either a manual toothbrush or an electric toothbrush is most effective as long as you know how to use it.

As children, many of us were taught to brush up and down or side to side. If you use a manual toothbrush you need to brush in an elliptical fashion so you don’t put excessive pressure on the gums and erode them over time. You become the mover and the shaker of your brush. If you have difficulty brushing, perhaps an electric one is right for you.

With an electric toothbrush, the brush provides the movement while you become the guide; therefore, the brushing technique is slightly different than using a conventional brush. Read the inclosed manual for the brand you buy. Use an electric brush that has a round head.

Whichever type you decide to buy, make sure you use a toothbrush that has soft bristles. If you need to brush up on your technique, ask your dental professional for a “how to” session. Remember to brush for 2 minutes, which means 30 seconds for each quadrant.

 

The bristles your toothbrush should have

Post by: Gerarda on 10 May 2019

Always choose a toothbrush with soft bristles. If your toothbrush has medium or hard bristles it can cause damage not only to your gums, but also to the enamel on your teeth.

Brush your teeth lightly as brushing too strongly can also cause damage to the gum and teeth. Too much pressure can do more harm than good so apply just enough pressure to feel the bristles against your gum. You are cleaning too hard if you are crushing your brush against your teeth.

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Posted on Friday 10th May 2019 at 7:52 am