After eating, all the debris from the food gets broken down in the mouth and we only have an 8 to 12-hour window to remove them before it hardens and turns into plaque and tartar. Using mouthwash alone only disinfects the oral cavity and freshens breath but doesn’t remove oral debris effectively. Mouthwash is a great add-on for oral hygiene but does not take place the mechanical cleaning of those hard-to-reach spots around and in between the teeth.
In addition to that, brushing in a hurry also often translates to missing teeth in the back where many cavities form. You should spend adequate time brushing your teeth so that the tartar and biofilms properly removed from the tooth surface that leads to plaque deposits, bad breath, inflammation of the gums and cavities. Our Carlsbad dentist, Dr. Michelle Sandler suggests using a sonic or rotating toothbrush with a built-in timer or set a timer on your mobile phone for two minutes for more efficient cleaning.
Dentists at La Costa say that brushing regularly is encouraged but in fact it’s far more important to brush properly. We normally brush on the outer surface of the teeth: the outside, the inside and the biting surface. But where much of the tooth decay takes hold and where gum disease starts is the crucial area where we always overlook: the surfaces between your teeth. Aside from flossing, using specially designed interdental brushes or a water flosser may do the trick. It comes in lots of shapes and sizes but the top tip is the most important to clean the surfaces between your teeth. But remember, the gaps in our teeth have different sizes so you will need at least 2 interdental brushes heads with different sizes to do this. It shouldn’t take more than 60 seconds and you only need to do it once a day.
But don’t stop by just brushing your teeth. You need to brush your tongue too! The bacteria causing tooth decay and gum disease can also stick to your tongue as well as to the lining of your cheek. So brushing your tongue is very important too – even if it does feel a little bit weird. Our dentist in Encinitas reiterates that after that DO NOT RINSE. Most people are unaware of this and normally spits out the excess toothpaste with water. Toothpaste contains the most active ingredient which is fluoride that strengthens the outer surface of your teeth and protecting them from harmful acids. So why would we rinse out what is defending our teeth?