Daily brushing and cleaning between your teeth is important because it removes plaque. If the plaque isn’t removed, it builds up and can cause tooth decay and gum disease. As easy as it may seem to do, very few of us brush our teeth as well as we could. Thankfully, where there are mistakes, there are ways to fix them.
If you’re looking for some practical tips from a dentist on how to properly brush your teeth, then you will love this checklist!
Here are 5 proper teeth brushing technics to follow:
1. Pick the right toothbrush and replace it regularly.
Make sure your brush can cover the places that need covering. Keep in mind that soft bristles clean very effectively, more than the hard bristles. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day and toothbrushes should be replaced every 3-4 months, or when the bristles get worn or frayed.
2. Don’t go town on your teeth and don’t rush.
When it comes to brushing, harder isn’t better. Plaque is soft and loose, so you don’t have to scrub. You should also brush at least twice a day for 3 minutes each time.
3. Don’t forget to brush the gum line and tongue.
Bacteria often hang out where your tooth meets your gum. We miss that area a lot. Brushing your teeth, it turns out, means brushing your whole tooth. Brush your tongue as well as it also works to eliminate bad breath.
4. Use right brushing technique
Always brush your teeth by placing the bristles at your gum line at a 45-degree angle. Begin brushing your teeth using small circular or vertical motions. Avoid brushing across the teeth. Try to hit every angle of the teeth as possible, from the front to the back.
5. Use Floss
Use dental floss on a daily basis. You can do so either before or after you brush. It ensures you remove any excess bacteria between the teeth and helps keep your gums healthier in fighting the development of gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis.