You would be surprised to know that many people are still unsure about the proper way to brush their teeth. Here are a few tips on brushing to help keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Brushing your teeth is one of the most effective ways of removing plaque from the exposed tooth surfaces of your teeth. There are different styles of tooth brushing. The important thing to remember is to gently brush the outside, inside and chewing surface of each tooth in a circular massaging motion.
How Long ?
Most people think they brush for at least a minute or two, but in reality they only brush for about 30 seconds or less. Time yourself and see how you do. An effective brush takes 2-3 minutes.
Soft or Hard
Contrary to what you may think, a gentle brushing with a soft bristle tooth brush is just as effective (and less damaging) than vigorous brushing with a hard bristled tooth brush. Brushing too hard can damage your gums.
How to Brush:
- Aim the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle towards the gum line.
- Use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.
- Use a gentle circular motion.
- Repeat on the inside surfaces.
- Use a light back and forth motion on the chewing surfaces.
- Spit out the toothpaste after brushing.
- You do not need to rinse after brushing, as the small amount of fluoridated toothpaste left in your mouth after spitting continues to protect against tooth decay.
- Gently brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen breath.
- Always combine brushing with flossing.
- For even better results, add a good mouthwash to your oral cleaning routine.