— The toothbrush can take care of the problem, but brushing is not the only way to keep cavities at bay.
Here are some other tips for keeping your teeth clean:1.
Keep a small, regular supply of toothpaste in your mouth for easy use.
This is especially important if you use a lot of fluoride, since fluoride has been linked to tooth decay.
If you don’t have a toothbrush, use a dental floss to get the most of your brushing.
Toothpaste with a pH of 6.2 to 6.4 works well for some people, but not all, according to the American Dental Association.2.
When brushing, use only the soft bristles.
Bristles should be softened, not broken into pieces, to help keep them from getting sucked in.3.
When cleaning teeth, do not leave your mouth open for more than 10 seconds, and if you do, let the bristles dry before rinsing.4.
Never use a toothpaste that has been sitting out in the sun for more that a few days.
Sunlight can cause the bristled toothpaste to turn brown.5.
If you have gum disease, you may want to avoid using a fluoride-containing toothpaste for at least three months, according the ADA.
Fluoride toothpaste can cause gum disease and other dental problems.
Wash your hands frequently to keep the bristling clean.
The bristles can get dirty and brittle, and it can take several minutes to completely wash a tooth, according a 2010 study by the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Wash hands frequently when brushing to remove any remaining fluoride residue.8.
Avoid getting your teeth waxed.
Some people don’t need to be waxed at all, and waxes are safe and effective for preventing tooth decay, according that same study.9.
Use toothpaste containing a pH range of 6 to 6,5, or lower, to prevent tooth decay and other health problems.10.
Avoid drinking too much fluoride, as this can cause tooth decay because fluoride is a neurotoxin.