We have been following the habit of brushing our teeth since childhood and very little has changed over the years. However, advancement in oral hygiene has made a rapid and significant difference to the quality of toothbrushes. The tools are not only important but the correct technique also plays a vital role in dental health.
So, you brush your teeth everyday and it seems an easy job. However, there are some toothbrushes that perform better than others and there is a right and wrong to brush your teeth.
We’ve been telling this many times, brushing your teeth regularly is key to maintaining healthy smile and preventing other serious dental problems. Therefore it is essential to choose the right toothbrush and apply proper brushing techniques. Provided that you brush at least twice a day in the morning and before going to bed using the correct method and for at least three minutes, nothing can stop you from achieving long-term optimal dental health.
While brushing effectively can keep serious dental problems at bay, choosing a decent toothbrush can help do the job properly.
While you are at choosing a toothbrush, you’ll want to pick one that:
- Has soft bristles
- Fits your mouth size
- Has a handle that fit comfortably in the palm of your hand and the head, small enough to maneuver to all the surfaces of your teeth.
- Is easy to use – either powered or manual toothbrush
After selecting a toothbrush, you need to brush your teeth in the correct way to promote good oral health.
Effective Toothbrush Techniques to Help Keep Your Teeth in Shape
Follow these tips and get the most of your daily brushing routine:
- First and foremost, keep in mind to brush your teeth at least twice a day – recommended after every meal, if possible.
- Spend as many as three minutes to thoroughly brush and floss your teeth to keep bacteria and plaque in check.
- Place your toothbrush at a 45 degree to reach all areas using circular motion to move plaque away from gum.
- Avoid brushing too roughly to prevent damage to your gums, and instead use a gentle motion.
- Use fluoride toothpaste to fight off tooth decay.
- Make sure to clean every tooth surface with your toothbrush.
- Brush your tongue to scrape off bacteria and get rid of bad breath.
- Always use a clean toothbrush and rinse it thoroughly after brushing your teeth.
- Do not share a toothbrush and be sure to store it in an upright position to allow it to dry after use.
- Replace your toothbrush every three to four months.
Your toothbrush is the most valuable tool and with proper use and maintenance you can get the best results.
Correct brushing technique can help stimulate blood flow necessary to keep gums healthy and reduce existing inflammation. It also aids in removing unsightly stains and harmful substances.
If you need additional questions on how to brush your teeth, allow us to show you the proper method. Call us today to set up an appointment and we’ll happy to assist you the details.