Sometimes we take for granted our daily habit of brushing our teeth. But, have you ever thought about how you are brushing or if you are brushing correctly? If you do not brush correctly, you could be leaving behind plaque and bacteria, which can increase your risk for cavities and gum disease. Below, are some pointers on how to properly brush your teeth.
1. Take Your Time
• I recommend that you brush your teeth for two minutes to get the most thorough cleaning. To make the time go by faster, sometimes I like to scroll through Instagram or catch up on some celebrity gossip. Think of some things that can keep your mind busy while brushing to help the time go by faster.
2. Choose the Right Toothbrush
• Use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Many people think that a hard bristled toothbrush will get the job done better, but that is definitely not the case. A hard bristled toothbrush will promote gum damage and wear on the teeth! If you notice indentations on your teeth along your gum line, then you may be brushing too hard.
• Many patients ask if they should invest in an electric toothbrush. I inform them that the actual toothbrush does not matter; it’s the brusher who matters more. If you feel like you are getting an adequate cleaning with the current toothbrush you are using, then stick to it. If not, switch it up!
• Electric toothbrushes are great for individuals who have arthritis or trouble with their hands. These toothbrushes are also good for those who brush too hard or for inadequate time. Many electric toothbrushes stop when you brush too hard and they even have timers to encourage proper brushing length.
3. Mastering your technique
• Place the head of your toothbrush with the tips of the bristles at a 45-degree angle to the gum line while brushing. Make sure all of the bristles are engaged on your teeth. Put those bristles to work, but do not squash the bristles on your teeth!
• On the lower front teeth, I like to place my brush vertical to fully engage all of the bristles on my teeth.
• Do not saw back and forth across your teeth while brushing! Move the toothbrush in a circular motion.
• If you use an electric toothbrush, let the electric toothbrush do all the work. All you simply have to do is guide the toothbrush; you do not have to scrub.
4. Say Goodbye
• Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months or earlier if it gets frayed.
Remember, what’s most important when brushing your teeth is not how hard you brush, but the thoroughness of the stroke.
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