Brushing Your Teeth: How Helpful Is It Really?

If there is one lesson repeated by Princeton Prosthodontics and Dental Implants, it is this: Brush your teeth three times a day.

We’re not alone. Dentists recognize the value of removing plaque and food particles from the mouth after meals and the importance of gum stimulation. Brushing your teeth is simple a highly-effective way of controlling cavities and other problems.

It’s also better when done properly. A few notes on brushing:

  • For most, a toothbrush with soft bristles will be the safest, most comfortable option. Medium- and hard-bristled brushes can do damage to the gums, root surface, and tooth enamel. If you know yourself to be an enthusiastic brusher, please make sure your toothbrush has soft bristles.
  • If you prefer a “power tool,” there are several types of battery-powered or electric rechargeable toothbrushes. Oral-B and Phillips Sonicare are two of the leading brands. Changing the brush head when it is worn is very important to maintaining your hygiene regimen.
  • Why do we emphasize brushing? Poor oral care can lead to tooth loss. Letting plaque and food accumulate on the teeth may cause gum recession, gum disease, cavities, and eventually the loss of teeth.

Brush those teeth. Keep them clean. Treat them well and they will serve you for a long time. When there’s a problem, Princeton Prosthodontics and Dental Implants is here for you.

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