Category: Oral Health Tips

Brushing Your Teeth: 6 Mistakes You Shouldn’t Make

You may know already that brushing your teeth at least twice a day is recommended by most dentists, including our own, but are you sure you’re doing it correctly?

Children brushing their teeth before going to bed in Asheville

We know that it doesn’t feel good to hear that you may be doing something wrong, but correcting these six common brushing mistakes are super easy! Follow our recommendations and you will be on your way to even better oral health.

Keep reading to find out if you’re guilty of one of these common teeth brushing faux pas.

1) Brushing Too Hard

This one has to be the most common mistake, and we understand why people are tempted to make it. Because of the shape of teeth, food can be hard to get to with just a toothbrush, which is why flossing as well as brushing is a great idea.

The one thing that won’t help you remove excess debris is brushing your teeth really hard. Watch your face in the mirror while you brush; is it fixed in an expression of anger or intensity? If so, you’re probably going a bit too hard and may cause harm or permanent damage to your gums. Easy does it when it comes to brushing.

2) Rushing Your Brushing

Most of us know that you’re supposed to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, but how many of us actually take that to heart? It can be easy to fall into the trap of rushing through your oral health routine, which can negatively affect the health of your mouth in the long term.

Some dental specialists have a solution: use your phone to set an alarm that will ensure you brush for the right amount of time, or have fun with it and put on a song while you brush. Most songs these days, especially pop songs, last for about two to three minutes, which gives you a perfect window of time to attend to your teeth.

3) Using the Wrong Type of Toothbrush

Toothbrushes with super hard bristles won’t help you reach the hard to get plaque, but they can hurt your gums. Soft or extra soft bristle toothbrushes are actually recommended, as they will be forgiving to your gums and offer the flexibility needed to reach more places. All bristles should be doing is dislodging food that’s stuck in your teeth. Using super hard bristles with force may remove protective enamel, leaving your teeth exposed and sensitive.

4) Using an Old Brush

Just as bad as using a brush with extra hard bristles is using a brush that’s past its prime. Toothbrushes should be changed every three to four months. To better remember, consider changing your toothbrush with the season.

Keep your toothbrush in a place that gets plenty of air so that it dries in between uses. A brush that’s bent, frayed or discolored is no longer a brush that should be used. If this is happening before the three month mark, it could be a sign that you’re using too much force when you brush your teeth.

5) Rinsing Your Mouth with Water After

It’s very normal and tempting to rinse your mouth with water after you brush but doing so totally negates the fluoride in your toothpaste. (Additional tip: you should be using a toothpaste with fluoride, if you’re not already.) Instead of reaching for the tap after you brush, rinse with a mouthwash that also has fluoride in it. Be sure not to drink any water or other beverages for at least a half hour after you’ve brushed. This will allow the fluoride to coat your teeth and better protect them.

6) Brushing Side to Side

Most of us grow up brushing our teeth from one side to another in a horizontal motion, but that is not the best way to care for your teeth. Instead, try brushing in small, circular motions. It’s more beneficial to your mouth to use strokes that roll up and down, and it’s important to remember to hit the tongue side of teeth as well. Think of brushing as a massage for the teeth and do your best to reach every nook and cranny.

Brushing may not be the most exciting part of a person’s day, but it’s really important to know how to do it well. If you avoid the above mistakes, your teeth should be in great shape for years to come. Don’t forget to visit your dentist every six months or so to get a check up. If you are in the Asheville area and looking for a qualified, caring family dentistry practice, contact us or schedule an appointment.

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4 Ways to Improve Your Oral Health in 1 Month

It may seem like good oral health is a lifelong commitment (which it is), but there are steps you can take to improve your health in just one month!

Woman shows off white teeth at dentist in Asheville

This is not a substitute for dedicated cleaning and regular visits to the dentist’s office, but it will help you take better care of yourself – not only of your mouth, but the rest of your body as well.

Brush at Least Twice a Day

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing at least twice a day with a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste. Consider this your baseline: you should always be brushing, but there’s so much more that you can do on top of that.

Flossing and mouthwash rinses are very beneficial to your overall oral health. The effects of dedicated flossing and rinsing can be felt right away. You’ll notice your breath smells better, your teeth feel cleaner, and your overall body is functioning at a higher level than it was before.

Replace Your Toothbrush

Another top tip from all of us here at Rebol Family Dentistry is to replace your toothbrush regularly. Your brush is tasked with cleaning a lot of gunk and germs from out of your mouth; it makes sense that some would get trapped in the bristles. Make sure to replace your toothbrush every three months to keep your mouth feeling pristine.

Drink Water and Eat Well

Start drinking more water and eating healthy foods, like fruits, whole grains, dairy and vegetables. A balanced diet does wonders for your oral health. It’ll keep your teeth and gums strong and healthy. Over time, you’ll lose a desire for sugary drinks or snacks – which is just as well, since sugar has detrimental effects on the condition of your teeth.

Reduce Stress

Finally, try and reduce your stress. Stress can negatively affect your physical, mental and oral health. Not only does it contribute to poor dietary choices (such as overindulging in sweets or coffee), it also fuels bad habits such as nail biting and teeth grinding. Take care of your body by minimizing the stressors that you have in your life.

Conclusion

While there is nothing better for your teeth than consistent care and regular doctor visits, following these steps will assist you in improving your oral health – and everything listed here can happen in just one month! If you have any questions or wish to see one of our doctors, please get in touch. We are always happy to welcome new patients to Rebol Family Dentistry.

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What Can You Eat After You Get Your Teeth Whitened?

Eating fruit salad in Asheville after teeth whitening treatment

Have you recently gotten your teeth whitened in Asheville? Congratulations! The team at Rebol Family Dentistry love to hear that you are being proactive and taking steps to improve your smile! If you are considering investing in teeth whitening treatment, there are a few things we would like you to know. Hopefully, you’ll come see us in Asheville – but in case you don’t live nearby, we’d like to review with you a few foods that our dentists recommend as safest to eat after you get your teeth whitened.

To make the best of your investment, you’ll want to mind what you eat after the procedure. A good rule of thumb is to follow the “White Diet.” Essentially, you only want to eat food that is devoid of color and soft on your teeth. Keep reading for a full breakdown of what our doctors do and don’t recommend in the days following teeth whitening.

The 48 Hours After Your Teeth Whitening

The 48 hours following a whitening procedure are the most critical. During this time, your teeth are susceptible to stains and discoloration. To ensure maximum whiteness, be careful not to eat or drink anything that could stain your teeth. This includes things like coffee, tea, wine, tomatoes, steak一basically anything with color that could tint your teeth while they’re susceptible.

Here are a list of foods that doctors recommend in the 48 hours after your teeth whitening:

Breakfast

  • Plain white yogurt with banana
  • Scrambled egg whites with white bread (cut off the crusts)
  • Oats with coconut flakes
  • Egg white and mozzarella cheese omelette
  • Rice bubbles with skim milk
  • Fruit salad of banana, peeled apple, peeled pear and coconut

Lunch

  • White fish sushi
  • Turkey or chicken sandwich on white bread with mayonnaise
  • Grilled white cheddar cheese on white bread

Dinner

  • Baked chicken breast with a side of mashed potatoes
  • Steamed fish with steamed white rice
  • Creamy chicken or fish with pasta and cauliflower
  • Creamy cauliflower and chicken risotto

Snacks

  • White cheese
  • Rice pudding
  • Vanilla yogurt
  • Rice crackers
  • Vanilla ice cream

Drinks

  • Water
  • Club soda or tonic water
  • Milk
  • Clear, colorless flavored soda
  • Coconut water
  • White wine
  • Vodka

There you have it! It may not be the most flavorful two days of your life, but if you stick to the “White Diet” for 48 hours after a whitening, your teeth will be sparkling for years to come. While you’re at it, why not consider some of the other cosmetic treatments that our office provides? You can trust our staff to give you the best care possible, and we love new patients!

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5 Simple Habits That Will Improve Your Oral Health

We’ve all heard that if we want healthy teeth, we should brush twice daily, floss once a day, and schedule regular dental cleaning appointments twice a year. But, if you want to level up your oral health game, there are simple things you can include in your routine.

Get A New Toothbrush

One of the simplest ways you can improve your dental health and hygiene is to replace your toothbrush on a regular basis. Not only will brushing cause your toothbrush bristles to fray and reduce its cleaning ability, but the bacteria we brush off our teeth can stay on the bristles! Properly store your toothbrush (keeping it upright and letting it dry out between uses) so that it won’t get smelly and nasty too fast, but it’s still important to replace your toothbrush at least every 3-4 months.

Use A Tongue-Scraper

Brushing your teeth twice daily is a no-brainer, but don’t forget your tongue! The same bacteria and gunk that flourishes on teeth can hide on your tongue too. Using a tongue scraper (or just running your toothbrush over your tongue) will leave your mouth feeling fresh – say goodbye to bad breath!

Don’t Brush Too Hard

Sometimes you might feel like you need to really work at brushing your teeth, to get absolutely all of the food particles and plaque out. However, when you brush too hard, you risk scraping away at the tooth enamel, which is your teeth’s first line of defense against decay. Brush gently or use a toothbrush with soft bristles to avoid damaging your teeth. And, consider using an electric toothbrush, which will prevent you from applying too much pressure. Talk to Dr. Rebol or Dr. Allen about their recommendations!

Use a Mouth Rinse

There are many mouth washes to choose from and they all have good points… Whether it is fighting cavities, fresh breath, or gum problems there is a mouth rinse that can help. Rinses alone aren’t enough but they are often a healthy thing to add to your brushing and flossing routine. Talk to us about which one might be right for you!

Choose Foods that are Teeth-Friendly

Many foods are bad for your teeth. Sugar and carbs feed the harmful bacteria living in your mouth and acidic drinks erode tooth enamel. Avoiding some of these foods will help, but there are also plenty of foods you can eat that are actually good for your teeth. Adding more cheese, yogurt, leafy greens, apples, carrots, celery, and almonds to your diet will make your teeth happy, whether by scrubbing them as you eat, fighting bad bacteria, treating gum disease, neutralizing your mouth’s pH, or remineralizing your enamel.

 

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