Guide for Brushing Your Teeth
We all know that the simple act of brushing our teeth is an extremely important part of routine oral care. There are certain times of the day as well as specific spans between eating food and brushing that are more beneficial than others in order to maintain a set of healthy teeth. Dr. Lattinelli provides a helpful guide below regarding how to properly brush your teeth.
Right after waking up from a night’s (or day’s) sleep, you should head to brush your teeth. This easy task removes the enormous amount of plaque-causing bacteria that manifests while we are asleep. Brushing with an approved fluoride toothpaste before you literally break your fast when eating the first meal on any particular day not only rewards you with a refreshed mouth but also reduces particles from the foods and beverages you eat and drink that could otherwise turn into acid.
A common misconception held by many people is that they should brush their teeth immediately after concluding meals in order to get rid of any potential harm that the morsels could cause if left to sit on the teeth. On the contrary, it is strongly advised to wait for at least a 30-minute timespan after eating before you begin brushing your teeth. The act of brushing directly after eating removes many necessary minerals that are contained in saliva. Not only does saliva keep the mouth moist, but it is a significant contributor to the protection of teeth. Saliva is an effective barrier that combats harmful particles and also assists in pushing them out of the mouth. Saliva, along with minerals found in the teeth, fosters the replenishment of calcium and phosphate in the teeth after we finish the intake of food and drinks. Fantastic methods of encouraging an adequate flow of saliva in the mouth are chewing sugarless gum and to keep hydrated by consuming plenty of water.
Remember that nighttime is also the right time. End your day on a good note by giving your teeth a healthy brushing so that you avoid having any residual acid from edibles taking up residency for the entire length of your slumber. You are now ready for a restful sleep, knowing that you did a job well done for your teeth.
Dr. Lattinelli’s esteemed dental practice provides a full list of services, including conducting regular checkups, addressing oral health concerns, and performing cosmetic procedures. We are conveniently situated at 121 East 60th Street in Manhattan and an appointment with Dr. Lattinelli may be arranged by calling (212) 752-7188.