Teeth Brushing Techniques And Tips

 In oral health

While you might think that brushing your teeth is an automatic skill, unfortunately, there are some techniques and tips that you should use in order to get the most benefit from your brushing. Effective brushing prevents cavities and gum disease, as well as helping to keep you healthy.

Frequency

How often are you brushing your teeth? You should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day. It is important in order to remove any plaque buildup that can later lead to cavities.

Bristles

You should only be using a soft-bristled brush. Anything harder than that can cause damage to your gums as well as the enamel on your teeth. The bristles should feel good against your teeth, not abrasive and pokey.

Handle

You probably didn’t think about the handle of your toothbrush, but if it does not fit your hand properly, you will not be able to use it well, making the job of cleaning your teeth nearly impossible to do well.

Toothbrush Head

There are many different sizes of toothbrush heads. It might be tempting to just grab one off the shelf and call it a day, but if the brush head does not fit your mouth well, it will be harder to manoeuvre. If you can’t get the head to go around your teeth easily, you might need a smaller head.

Toothbrush Replacement

Over time, your toothbrush will become less effective and worn out. You should change your toothbrush out every 3 to 4 months. You will notice the bristles start to look frayed. You also should replace your toothbrush if you have had any kind of illness that might leave bacteria within your toothbrush, which can make you sick again.

Fluoride Toothpaste

While children are most often thought to need fluoride treatments, the mineral is also beneficial for adults. Using a fluoride toothpaste can help keep cavities away while also preventing your teeth from becoming too sensitive.

Angle

One dentist told us that you should be brushing your teeth using a 45-degree angle to your gums. This is the most effective way to clean your teeth as it hits both the surface of your teeth as well as the gums.

Time

Dentist Lars Husby recommends brushing your teeth for at least two minutes, twice a day. You cannot effectively clean your teeth if you are only brushing for a few seconds before moving on. If you are worried about how much time you are taking to brush your teeth, set a timer on your phone and make sure that it is hitting the two-minute mark before you are done.

Strokes

Always use strokes that are about as wide as the tooth you are brushing. You do not want to use long strokes. You should also make sure that you are brushing the outer surface, inner surface, and the chewing surface of each tooth to be sure that you are hitting every part of your tooth. Strokes on the front teeth should be done vertically.

Your Tongue

You should also consider brushing your tongue as well. This will remove any plaque or bacteria that are on your tongue as well as helping to keep your breath as fresh as possible.

In addition to good brushing, make sure to visit your dentist at least twice a year for dental cleaning and check-up. A hygienist will take care of any buildup that wasn’t cleaned through tooth brushing.

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