Good brushing habits should be developed to maintain oral hygiene. This is because brushing removes plaque and food debris. Plaque is a thin layer film of bacteria that clings to the teeth. Plaque and food debris provide a fertile environment for bacteria. These bacteria produce acids which attack the enamel and cause tooth decay.
* Consistency in brushing
A brushing routine should be implemented in order to ensure consistency in cleaning. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day.
* Do not brush immediately after eating acidic food/drinks
Brushing should be performed 30 minutes after consumption of acidic food and drinks. This is because acidic food and drinks soften the enamel and brushing can immediately after can remove some layers of enamel. If you are going to consume acidic food and drinks, brushing should be performed prior to it.
* Use desensitizing toothpaste
Brushing can aggravate sensitive teeth. As such, desensitizing toothpaste should be used in order to mitigate the effects of brushing.
* Replace your toothbrush
Replacement of toothbrush should be performed every 3-4 months. This is because the tooth bristles gets worn down during brushing and become less effective at removing plaque and food debris. As such, replacing the toothbrush will ensure effective cleaning of the tooth surface.