Brushing your teeth correctly

Tips to help you brush your teeth correctly

Everybody knows that brushing their teeth plays a major role in maintaining good oral hygiene.  However, most people are not aware of the correct way to brush their teeth.  When brushing, you should be able to effectively remove the plaque and the food particles that stick in between your teeth.  If you do not brush properly it may result in cavities and gum diseases that can cause severe problems to your teeth.  Here are some important tips to brush your teeth correctly:

Master the Brushing Technique

  •  Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle over your teeth.
  • Gently and slowly move your brush from the gum to the teeth.
  • Brush the outer surfaces as well as the inner surface of your teeth.
  • Tilt your brush in a vertical manner and try making gentle up and down strokes to clean the inner surface of your teeth.

Do not forget to brush your gums as well.  The ideal time taken to brush your teeth should be around two minutes.  Also, be careful that you do not brush vigorously as it can harm your teeth and gums.  In some cases, brushing too hard can also result in bleeding.  Therefore, use a soft-bristled toothbrush to brush your teeth twice daily without applying too much pressure.

Use the Right Toothpaste
Dentists usually recommend using fluoride toothpaste.  Fluoride is known as a natural cavity fighting ingredient which not only prevents cavities but also rebuilds your weakened enamel and reverses early signs of tooth decay.  However, it’s always best to consult with a dentist before purchasing your toothpaste.   The dentist will recommend a toothpaste that’s  suitable for your dental condition.

Replace your Toothbrush Regularly.
Brushing your teeth regularly will eventually wear out the bristles of your toothbrush.  A toothbrush with loosened bristles won’t do the job effectively.  If you see the bristles of your toothbrush have worn out or have lost their shape, then purchase a new one.  Make sure that you change your toothbrush every 3-4 months.

No Rinsing after Brushing
Once you are done brushing your teeth, spit the toothpaste out but do not rinse.  Rinsing your mouth with water can reduce the impact of the fluoride toothpaste.

Floss your Teeth Daily.
Apart from brushing, flossing your teeth is just as important.  At times, your toothbrush may fail to reach the innermost part of your teeth.  This is when flossing comes into the picture.  Flossing your teeth effectively removes the plaque build-up, bacteria and food particles that even your toothbrush can’t remove.  Therefore, it is highly recommended to floss your teeth daily. 

Now that you know how to brush your teeth properly, avoid making any brushing mistakes and stay away from unnecessary dental issues and improve your overall dental health.  If by any chance you experience dental issues like tooth decay, cavities etc then please consult your dentist. 

PS -  If during the day you have forgotten your toothbrush then a fluoride mouthwash is recommended to stop decay.