We here at Dr. Matthew’s office know that not everyone likes brushing their teeth. Of course, most people know that it’s important–both for your day-to-day comfort and for your overall dental health–but which one of us hasn’t skipped a day of flossing here and there?
Luckily (for the brush-shy among us) there’s a set of new options on the horizon!
Take a look at the Amabrush Kickstarter, for one! Amabrush was designed with the novel idea of brushing all of your teeth at once, which means that–according to their pitch–you only spend around ten seconds each time you brush. Compared to the dentist-recommended two to three minutes per brushing-session, the Amabrush may save you a whole lot of time altogether!
There are a number of different innovations in dental health and tooth care, from Bluetooth-enabled toothbrushes to toothbrushes that use sonic waves to break down plaque. With inventions like these, it’s not a stretch to say we live in the future of dental health!
Your brushing technique is worth more than a fancy toothbrush
Of course, with all of these fancy toothbrushes and dental gadgets, it’s important to remember that you’ve still got to follow the proper brushing technique. If all you’re doing is waving a brush at your teeth, you’re going to miss a bunch of important spots no matter how much you’ve spent on your toothbrush!
When you’re brushing, the goal is coverage. And not just of the chewing-surface of your teeth, either! Brushing your teeth means getting the inside (the tongue-side) surfaces, the outside (cheek-side) surfaces, and gently reaching the plaque and bacteria build-up at your gum-line.
Brushing is more about overall mouth-health than just scrubbing your teeth! In fact, according to some dentists, gentle brushing is more effective than a large amount of pressure (which can cause damage to your enamel and gums.) No matter what you’re using to brush your teeth, make sure you do a gentle, thorough job!
Toothpaste is just as important as your toothbrush!
It’s also important to use the right kind of toothpaste when brushing your teeth. The right toothpaste can make all the difference! Between microabrasives, sensitive-teeth chemicals, bleaching agents, and all of the other tailor-made toothpastes, knowing which one suits you best can mean a cleaner mouth all around!
If you’d like more information on how to effectively brush your teeth, take a look at this American Dental Association site on proper brushing technique. Nobody knows teeth like the ADA! If you’d like a more personal touch–and you’re in the Austin, TX area–feel free to contact Dr. Matthews. Our staff of professionals can have you brushing like a pro in no time, regardless of which toothbrush you’re using!