Conserve Water While Brushing

conserve water while brushingWhen brushing your teeth, do you do your best to conserve water? Many areas in the world are in a drought, but whether you live in a drought area or not, you should try to conserve water while brushing. Here are some reminders on how to save water while brushing your teeth.

Turn of the faucet – The number one way to conserve water is to turn off the faucet while you brush. If you brush for two minutes like you should, you are wasting approximately 3 gallons of water each time. It may not seem like much, but if everyone did it, we would be wasting a lot of water. Make sure everyone in your house knows the rule too.

Brushing in the shower – Many people think that brushing their teeth in the shower is a good way to conserve water. Your multitasking right? There are some reasons that some dentists don’t recommend it though. Your shower head is full of bacteria so you are adding extra bacteria to your mouth. Also, you can brush better if you are in front of the mirror so you can see that you are doing it properly.

How To Conserve Water Brushing Your Teeth|Strober Dental

 

Tooth Brushing

We all know how important it is to brush our teeth, but do we use the correct technique for tooth brushing? This educational video shows the correct way to brush.  Each tooth has five sides that need to be brushed and the video shows how to get those hard to reach areas.  Check out this YouTube video to be sure that you are using the correct technique for tooth brushing.

Are You Skipping Nighttime Brushing?

nighttime brushingWe all know how it feels when it’s late and you’re so tired, you just want to go to bed without brushing your teeth. It can’t do that much harm to skip nighttime brushing right? Wrong! Dentists have told us to brush morning and night for good reason.  Here are reasons why nighttime brushing is the most important time to brush.

Your mouth is drier at night – During the day your mouth produces a lot of saliva to help cleanse your teeth.  It keeps your mouth moist for talking and chewing all while rinsing away bacteria that are left behind from the foods you eat.  It also neutralizes harmful acids in your mouth.  At night your saliva secretion decreases dramatically so your mouth is more susceptible.

Plaque on your teeth can mature overnight – Plaque begins to buildup as soon as 20 minutes after you eat or drink. If you don’t brush before bed, the plaque is able to mature undisturbed for the entire night while you sleep.  This will lead to more acid and eventually cavities.

Bad breath – Morning breath happens even when you do brush before bed, so imagine the odors that will be there if you don’t brush at night.

Nighttime is the period of recovery for your teeth from the wear and tear of the day.  If you leave food and bacteria on your teeth, you are not giving them that chance to recover while you sleep.  So even though it is tempting at times, do not skip nighttime brushing!

Why You Should Never Skip Nighttime Brushing|Grateful Dental

Is Your Child Brushing?

child brushingGetting your child brushing and flossing regularly is not an easy task. As they get older and become independent brushers, it is still important for you to check that they are doing a decent job. And if they aren’t too keen on you hovering over them to watch, there are still some things you can try.  Here are some ways to know if your child is not brushing well or at all!

  • Your child doesn’t spend much time brushing – Your child should be brushing twice a day for two minutes.  Most kids brush for less than a minute.  Teach your child to brush for the length of a song.
  • The toothbrush is dry after your child brushes –  Check your child’s toothbrush right after they brush.  If it is still dry, they obviously didn’t do it!
  • You can see food in their teeth – Have your child smile for you after they brush.  If you can see bits of food on or in between your child’s teeth, they need a do-over.
  • Squeak test – Have your child wet their finger and rub it quickly across the outside and inside of their teeth. If they are clean, you will hear a squeaking sound.
  • White tongue – If your child’s tongue is white it means there is still bacteria there.  Proper brushing includes brushing the tongue.  A clean tongue will be pink.
  • Dental floss never runs out – If your child is flossing once a day the floss should run out eventually. You can also check the trash can in the bathroom to see if there is used floss in it.
  • Bad breath – If your child’s breath is anything but pleasant then they are not doing a proper job of brushing. Bad breath is often caused by food particles in the teeth or bacteria on the tongue.
  • Cavities – Lastly, if you see the dentist and your child has a cavity, they probably aren’t brushing well enough.  Your dentist will let you know where the trouble spots are and which areas need improvement in brushing.

8 Dental Clues Your Child Isn’t Brushing | 1800Dentist

Bleeding When Brushing

Have you ever spit out blood when brushing your teeth? Bleeding when brushing can arise as a result of some general causes. The n24991265-two-electric-toothbrushes-closeupumber one cause of bleeding is poor oral hygiene. When you fail to keep your teeth clean, your gums get irritated, red, swollen and painful. If left untreated for too long, gum disease can lead to periodontal disease.  Be sure to brush and floss properly to remove plaque and tarter build up on the teeth.

Another cause of spitting blood after brushing could be a bleeding disorder.  They can be genetic or idiopathic, but if you suspect you may have it you should visit a doctor.  Bleeding gums can be the mirror to a more serious problem.

Cancers such as leukemia or multiple myeloma may cause your gums to bleed.  Radiation therapy can also cause it.

Crooked teeth can cause gum disease because they make brushing effectively very difficult. Food gets trapped between teeth and may not be able to be removed by brushing or flossing which leads to inflammation of gums and easy bleeding.

Some people may brush too hard and use hard bristled toothbrushes.  This can traumatize the gums and make them bleed easily.  You should be using a soft bristled brush and change your toothbrush every 3 months for best results.

Some medications such as aspirin can cause gums to bleed.  Also, if you have a vitamin C or K deficiency.

Why Am I Spitting Blood After Brushing My Teeth | Allred Dental