Tips to Properly Brush Your Teeth
Brushing your teeth is the number one thing you can do to prevent tooth and gum issues. Tooth decay, gingivitis, and other gum diseases or teeth problem can be really troublesome and painful. Brushing your teeth regularly can help avoid major issues. However, simply brushing isn’t all you need to do. You need to be sure you are brushing correctly. Here are 10 tips for a healthy brushing experience.
- Have the right brush
Having the right brush is a major part of the battle. Having the right brush means having the right size for your mouth as well as having the right bristles. Bristles that are too stiff can irritate gums and cause gum decay and issues. Also, having the wrong size of brush may mean you are missing areas of your mouth entirely.
Additionally, consider using an electric toothbrush. Electric tooth brushes are especially great for smaller children and those who may have arthritis or other problems that prohibit them from the brushing movements.
- Brushing time
You should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day but three times is actually preferable. Sometimes the act of brushing can be a nuisance and people tend to cut it short. Each brushing should last around two minutes to get the best effects. Be careful not to brush too long though because this can also cause issues.
- Brushing time part II
Don’t overdo it. As mentioned, don’t brush for too long and brushing more than three times a day can also be detrimental. Be firm but gentle in brushing and this includes the amount of brushing.
- Proper technique
Wide, side-to-side strokes can cause scrapes along your gum line. Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle to your gums, and make an up-and-down motion. Use short strokes. Don’t forget about those hard to reach areas too. Brush outer and inner tooth surfaces, back molars, and your tongue.
- Switch thing up
Start brushing in different places each time. Also, keep track of where you have already brushed so you can be sure to brush everywhere.
- Use the right products
The kind of toothpaste you use matters, he says. The things that brighten or control tartar can be harsh. Use plain old fluoride for the most part. If you are looking to whiten your teeth switch between regular toothpaste and whitening toothpaste.
- Beware of the acid
Energy drinks, diet sodas, and sour candies — even healthy things like apple juice, orange juice, and coffee — have acid that can soften tooth enamel. If you partake in these goodies, wait at least 30 minutes to give your saliva time to restore the enamel.
- Avoid dirty mouth
Store your toothbrush somewhere really clean or with a cap on it.
- Keep it clean
Always rinse your brush. Always. Germs from your mouth and teeth can stay on it if you don’t. It will also get rid of leftover toothpaste that can harden bristles. You shouldn’t use a disinfectant to cleanse your toothbrush. Just rinse it and let it air dry. Don’t put it in a case where it will stay damp for a long time.
- New toothbrush
Get a new toothbrush (refer to #1 to get the right one) every 3-4 months.