You need them for biting, chewing, and smiling – they’re your teeth! To keep them in great shape, you need to take care of them, and your first defense is by brushing regularly. Do you know how to brush your teeth properly? Here are six tips to keep in mind:
The right brush
Do you have the right size toothbrush? If you have to stretch your mouth a lot, you probably need a smaller brush. Also, use a soft brush because the bristles are gentle on your gums. As for a manual or electric toothbrush? That is a matter of personal preference, however, an electric toothbrush can be more effective if your technique is not great.
Take your time
You should aim to brush at least twice a day, although three times is best to prevent plaque building up. However, brushing more often can damage your gums and wear down tooth enamel. Brush for two minutes, spending equal amounts of time in each section of your mouth.
Easy does it
Be gentle when you brush – it takes little effort to remove plaque without hurting your gums or teeth. A light touch is enough.
What technique do you use when you brush? Try brush in small circles while holding your brush at a 45-degree angle relative to your gums. Do this in all areas of your mouth, especially the hard to access places such as back molars and your tongue. Be thorough. Make sure you brush the area where your gums and teeth meet.
Mean and clean
Clean your brush after each use to remove those germs that can remain on your brush. Also, rinsing your brush will remove residual toothpaste that can harden bristles prematurely. A light water rinse and air dry are enough.
When was the last time you replaced your toothbrush? The Australian Dental Association recommends that you replace your brush every two to three months, on average. Do so sooner if the bristles are frayed or broken, or on the advice of your dentist.
Brushing your teeth is an important part of your oral health. Know how to brush your teeth properly to keep your pearly whites looking and feeling great.