Dr. Cindy N. Brayer – St Petersburg Dentist
Hi! my name is Dr. Cindy N. Brayer, and it is extremely important to me that my patients understand the importance of keeping their teeth healthy. Sometimes I hear patients say that their busy lifestyle keeps them from making their appointment for a regular checkup and business is often used as an excuse for the neglect of their personal dental care. Plaque build up, bacteria and painful dental issues are the result of poor dental care. Today I am going to share tips to help you keep your teeth beautify and healthy.
It only takes just a few minutes a day to properly care for your teeth and prevent issues resulting from bacteria, plaque and cavities. By simply brushing your teeth at least twice a day everyday, you can eliminate many issues that bring patients in to see me. A little attention on caring for your teeth can go a long way.
As a St. Petersburg Dentist, I enjoy helping patients learn how to properly brush their teeth as an essential step to keeping their teeth healthy. Some people brush just the front of their teeth but all of your teeth need attention, love and care.
When you brush your teeth, using a soft bristle toothbrush is best. Many patients believe that a firmer brush gets rid of more bacteria and plaque but it doesn’t. You could actually cause more harm that good if you brush with a stiff brush or if you brush too harshly on your gums. Choosing the right toothbrush would also make your brushing time more enjoyable. Proper brushing requires that your strokes move away from your gums and not towards them. Three minutes is ample time for brushing your teeth. This is the length of an average song so why not power up your iPod in the morning and listen to your favorite song while brushing along?
It is important to change your tooth brush regularly. If you have sensitive teeth or gums, try using a special toothpaste formulated for these issues. Flossing is another important step in your oral care. Brushing alone is not enough to properly clean your teeth. Flossing will help you remove food particles and build up in hard to reach places, especially between your teeth where toothbrush bristles are not able to reach. Also choosing a mouth wash that you like will add to having a clean and fresh mouth.
In addition to the steps you can take at home, it is essential that you visit your St. Petersburg Dentist (Dr. Cindy N. Brayer) for the proper care and cleaning needed to maintain your healthy smile. Having your teeth cleaned professionally by a dentist is recommended in addition to brushing and flossing. Make it a point to visit Dr. Brayer’s office at least twice per year to keep your smile beautiful and bright.