Doctor Oz did a segment on how a Dentist Office Prevents Heart Disease, Dementia & Cancer, and then did a segment on 4 questions about how to take care of your teeth. Dr Jonathan Levine, a dentist, joined Dr Oz for this part of the show as well… so how well do you know the answers to important questions about your teeth?
When is the Best Time to Brush Your Teeth?
Dr Oz and I both thought that it did not really matter when you brush your teeth in the morning, but apparently we were both wrong! When do you think is the best time to brush your teeth in the morning? Immediately after you wake up? Immediately after breakfast? Or 30 minutes after breakfast?
Dr Jonathan Levine said that you must brush your teeth immediately after you wake up. When you first get up, if you run your tongue over your teeth, you can feel a plaque buildup… this is what you want to brush and floss to remove right away. Dr Levine also mentioned that certain foods can erode your tooth enamel like lemons, yogurt and pickles.
What is More Important: Mouth Wash or Floss?
This one was pretty obvious I though, flossing is more important than mouth wash if you only have time for one. Although, there are some anti-cavity rinses that can help protect tooth enamel. Floss is super helpful at preventing inflammation and cleaning in between your teeth.
How Much Toothpaste Should You Use?
This one also shocked me… How much toothpaste do you think you should use? The size of a pea? The size of a quarter? Enough to cover the bristles? You should use toothpaste the size of a pea, because toothpaste has lots of abrasive chemicals in it that can cause unnecessary wear and sensitivities. Also, Dr Levine told Dr Oz that too much fluoride can cause white spots on your teeth and Fluorosis.
How Long Should Your Toothbrush Last?
Should you replace your toothbrush every month, every 3 months or every 9 months? Generally, Dr Levine told Dr Oz that you should replace your toothbrush every three months. However, if you have a cold or are sick, you should change your toothbrush right away. After around 3 months, you will start to see splaying of your toothbrush’s bristles. If you see the splaying after just one month, then you are brushing too hard which can cause gum erosion. Dr Oz’s show also displayed a message telling people to use soft bristle toothbrushes, which I found interesting because I tend to like medium to firm bristles on my toothbrush.