There are quite a few people out there who use far too little toothpaste. It is almost as if they are worried about leaving a dollop in the sink. It is important that you make sure to use the proper amount of toothpaste when you are brushing your teeth.
Using too little means you are leaving debris and bacteria behind when you brush. This makes it to where your teeth become more susceptible to cavities and gum disease.
What is the Right Amount of Toothpaste?
The amount of toothpaste for an adult is a full line across the long end of a toothbrush. It shouldn't just be a pea-sized amount. That is what would be considered enough for a child. You need to use a full amount. It may seem like a lot if you were using less, but you need to keep in mind how long that is supposed to clean your teeth.
You need to brush for a full two minutes each time you brush. The more you brush, the more that toothpaste gets used up. Brush with the right amount, and you will find that you have enough to keep your teeth sudsy the entire two minutes. If you use too little, your mouth will likely be rid of suds before the two minutes is up.
If you aren't sure what the right amount for you should be, ask your dentist. He or she can show you while you are in their office. They don't mind answering questions like that because it shows that you genuinely want to do everything you can to care for your mouth.
It is people that don't care if they are doing it right that worry the dentists, not those with simple questions who want to make sure they are doing everything right.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (510) 883-3454 today.