Brushing your teeth is one of the most important things you can do to benefit your oral health. It is one of the most common routines to have since childhood, but did you know that you could be doing it wrong?
Brushing your teeth helps to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. It removes plaque, which is important because plaque buildup causes a range of problems for your oral health. You should be brushing your teeth at least twice per day, in the morning and at night. Your toothbrush should be replaced every three to four months or when the bristles become worn or frayed.
You should ideally brush after every meal because bacteria can start to attack your teeth within minutes after you are finished eating. Brush your teeth may not be complicated, however, there is a right and wrong way of doing it.
How To Brush Your Teeth Properly:
- Step One
Aim your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle towards your gum line. Direct the toothbrush’s bristles where your gums and teeth meet. Gently move the brush in circular motions, massaging your gums and teeth up and down. Do not scrub or brush too hard. Gums that are visibly receding is often a result of brushing too hard over the years.
- Step Two
Clean all sides of your teeth. The top or chewing surface, the sides that face your cheeks and the sides that face the inside of your mouth towards the tongue.
- Step Three
Do not rush through brushing your teeth. You should be aiming to brush your teeth for two to three minutes. Set up a timer so you can keep track of how much time has passed.
- Step Four
You should switch up your brushing pattern from time to time. We tend to fall into the same pattern of brushing our teeth each day, which means that any spots that we miss get missed all the time. This can lead to cavities. Try reversing your usual brushing pattern.
- Step Five
Using a toothbrush that is suited to you is important. Choose a soft brush with rounded bristles. The right toothbrush for you will clean your teeth better than one that is too big or too small. Choose a brush that will let you reach all the way to the back of your mouth, to your back teeth. You can ask your dentist to suggest the best brush for you.
Brushing your teeth is only part of a completely healthy dental routine. You should also clean between your teeth using floss and use a good mouthwash to get rid of any other bacteria. You should also eat a healthy diet that does not include lots of sugary foods or beverages. And lastly, you should see your dentist often for the prevention and treatment of oral diseases. Speak to your dentist here at Brookside Family Dental in Leamington about what dental products would be the most beneficial for you.