Did you know more than half of Aussies don’t always brush their teeth twice a day? And we don’t mind sharing toothbrushes – eww!
According to the Oral-B Brushing Habits Study, 54% of Australians admit they don’t always brush their teeth twice daily. Men take the cake, with a scary one in ten admitting to never brushing twice daily!
For those who do insist on more regular brushing, it’s not always with ideal hygiene in mind, with one in four Aussies admitting to using someone else’s toothbrush when in need – and women are the worst offenders!
“While we can all relate to a time that we’ve been caught without a toothbrush, think twice before you reach for someone else’s. There are many hundreds of bacteria and viruses in our mouths and sharing a toothbrush is likely to be passing these on – even if it belongs to a partner,” says leading dentist and Oral-B advisor Dr. Christopher Ho.
Dr. Ho shares his top 3 tips on achieving strong, healthy teeth:
1. Brush for a full two minutes, twice a day
Brush gently for a full two minutes twice a day using a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Try timing yourself – many people think they’re brushing for two minutes when in fact it’s much less. The Oral-B Triumph with SmartGuide has a brush head and handle that are embedded with microchips that communicate with a wireless display unit (aka the ‘SmartGuide’). This helps guide you to each quadrant of the mouth and signal when you are brushing too hard. The SmartGuide encourages you to brush thoroughly, gently and for the dentist-recommended two minutes.
As dentists, we see a major difference in patients utilising this kind of innovative technology. Using a power toothbrush with a rotating-oscillating action will greatly assist in removing plaque and food debris, so something to think about if you’re currently a manual brush user.
2. Floss every day
The old adage that you only floss the teeth you want to keep holds true. Dental plaque can cause cavities if it’s left between teeth. When mixed with sugar, the bacteria that live in plaque can start the process of tooth decay; this is why it’s bad to leave plaque in your mouth.
We recommend flossing daily in addition to brushing as it can help the removal of plaque and bacteria between the teeth that can cause bad breath.
3. Drink more water, limit the intake of acidic drinks
Limit acidic drinks like soft drinks, sports drinks and fruit juices. These are not only high in sugar but contain acids that soften tooth material and dissolve the minerals in tooth enamel, causing holes or erosion. Drinking more water reduces the acid that causes tooth decay and helps keep the mouth clean.