Think you know everything about brushing your teeth? You may not. There’s more to it than just squeezing some toothpaste onto your brush and scrubbing away.
How to Brush Your Teeth
> Softness is Key
You may think your mouth needs a hard scrubbing to clean it properly, but the opposite is true. A soft-bristled toothbrush and short, gentle strokes are all your teeth need for a proper brushing. Remember to also pay extra attention to the hard-to-reach teeth, gum line, and dental restorations. And don’t forget to floss afterwards.
> Two and Two
How long does it take you to brush your teeth? If it’s not at least two minutes and twice a day (morning and night), it’s not enough. Two minutes may seem like a long time, but it is what’s needed to give your mouth the cleaning it deserves.
> One Section at a Time
Concentrate on cleaning each section of your mouth before moving on to the next. First, clean the outer portion of your teeth, upper then lower. Next, concentrate on the inner surfaces, upper then lower. Finally, tackle the chewing surface.
> Brush Your Tongue
Did you know that your tongue holds bacteria and oral odour? Brushing your tongue daily will freshen your breath and remove unwanted bacteria. For best results, be sure to use a tongue scraper.
> Angles are Important
When brushing your teeth, place the brush at a 45-degree angle against your gums. Move the brush back and forth, gently against the teeth, in short, tooth-length strokes.
> It Won’t Last Forever
Toothbrushes are made to be replaced. Once the bristles begin to wear, or when it has been used for three months, it is time to change your toothbrush.
Electric Brush vs. Manual
I am regularly asked whether an electric or manual toothbrush gives a better clean. For older people, or those with less manual dexterity, such as arthritis, an electric toothbrush will be more effective.
Otherwise, as long as the brush is small, with soft bristles, and you are brushing your teeth properly, both electric and manual toothbrushes will effectively clean your mouth and maintain your oral health. If you are looking for a good manual toothbrush, try Crest, Colgate, or Curaprox. Look for a brush with a small head, it will help you clean the hard-to-reach areas of your mouth.
If you have any questions about your brushing technique or your oral health, please contact our office at (514) 364-3366 or click here, to visit our website. And remember to see your dentist/hygienist regularly to maintain your oral health.