Tooth Brushing: Areas You Can Improve

toothbrushheadpasteDo you brush your teeth every day? Unfortunately, even if you answer, “yes” to this question, you may still find that your efforts don’t quite allow you to achieve the clean, sparkling, cavity-free grin you desire. The frustrating news is that you may have to make some changes to your daily dental hygiene habits. The good news is that the changes are simple yet effective. Combine effective brushing with six-month dental cleanings and dental checkups and you will find yourself enjoying consistent oral health and a comfortable smile. Learn more about what you can improve with the following information:

Are You Brushing Immediately After Meals?

You should certainly brush your teeth in the morning and again before bed. In addition, brushing after you eat meals can help keep your teeth in excellent condition – provided you brush at the right time. Even though your instincts may tell you to brush right away, that decision could have negative results, including pressing bits of food into your smile. Instead, you should adhere to the following:

  • Rinse your mouth out after a meal.
  • Wait approximately a half an hour.
  • Brush your teeth.

Stop Skipping Dental Cleanings

Have you been skipping your dental cleanings? This is easy to do if your smile feels comfortable, if something extremely important comes up, or if you are simply unaware of the importance of consistent visits. One problem with skipping cleanings is that it affects your ability to effectively brush your teeth. Brush after you visit us for a cleaning and you’re sweeping away new traces of plaque. Skip cleanings and the plaque you simply cannot address on your own will continue to build up, making your efforts counterproductive.

Have You Replaced Your Toothbrush Lately?

Replacing your toothbrush once every three months (or when it starts to become worn out) means you’re getting the most out of your brushing sessions. Toothbrushes also tend to trap bacteria, so tossing them out regularly is a good way to protect your smile.


At A Briter Smile Dental Group, our dentists strive to offer each patient individual care and access to the latest in modern dentistry at an affordable price. If you would like to schedule a consultation, call us at our Santa Clarita Valley office at (661) 251-0480. We also service Newhall, Castaic, Canyon Country, Saugus, and nearby areas.