Brushing your teeth is — hopefully — an ingrained part of your everyday routine. It helps freshen your breath, eliminate leftover food particles, and give your smile a clean boost. But are you brushing the right way to maximize the benefits? Below, Dr. Ivan Stein and Dr. Allan Stein provide useful tips to improve your brushing technique and oral health.
Take Your Time
When it comes to brushing correctly, taking your time to clean your entire mouth is key to good oral health. Make sure you are taking the recommended two minutes to brush, using that time to brush the upper right and left and lower right and left sections of teeth for 30 seconds each. Doing so will ensure you reach all teeth.
Angle the Toothbrush
Although it may not seem like a big deal, how you hold the toothbrush can make all the difference for an effective session. Holding the brush at a 45-degree angle targeting the gumline will help you reach the area where plaque often builds up, effectively eliminating this sticky substance.
Use Circular Motions
While brushing, use small, circular motions to remove plaque and debris. This technique will allow your toothbrush to reach bacteria on the teeth’s surface as well as the gum line.
Some people brush aggressively, either by habit or as a perceived way to eliminate more germs from their teeth, but this act can hurt the gums and cause irritation, all while still leaving behind plaque. Gentle brushing is an effective way to clean your teeth without causing damage.
After brushing, don’t forget to thoroughly rinse away all toothpaste, bacteria, and leftover food to complete your session.
Other Brushing Tips
Keep these things in mind as you brush your teeth to ensure you are maintaining a healthy and clean mouth.
Use a good toothbrush: Toothbrushes come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and levels of bristle hardness. Make sure you choose the right one for you. Look for toothbrushes with a comfortable brush head size for your mouth; those that are too large or too small can make brushing less effective. Also, ensure you are using a brush with the appropriate bristle firmness so that you avoid irritating the gums. Lastly, consider a toothbrush with a comfortable handle grip, as this will ultimately influence how well you are able to clean your teeth.
Don’t skip the fluoride: Fluoride is an important mineral that is naturally found in certain foods. It strengthens the teeth and lowers the risk of developing cavities. Using toothpaste and mouthwash containing fluoride can help keep your smile healthy for years to come.
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Brushing is an essential part of your dental hygiene routine, but you should also be attending regular dental appointments to maximize your oral health. Book an appointment by calling us today.