How To Brush Your Teeth
Dentists all over the world encourage proper methods of brushing. However most of us overlook this advice, as we believe that brushing teeth is an easy, every day task that everyone is extremely proficient at. However, most people don’t brush their teeth correctly and instead waste two minutes of their life for little gain. If you don’t want to have costly dental appointments in the future, this in depth look prepared by your local dentist in Calgary SE into proper oral care may help.
Here are 15 things to do in order to properly brush your teeth + Daily Tips for Good Oral Health:
Brush the insides of your teeth:
With the head of your toothbrush pointing towards your gum line, brush each tooth individually. Dentists say that the most commonly neglected area is the insides of the bottom front teeth.
Brush your molars:
Using an in-out motion, work your way from the back of your mouth to the front and bottom to top.
Spend at least 3 minutes brushing:
Work your way around your mouth brushing just a few teeth at a time. Spend about 12-15 seconds in each section. You can split your mouth up into quadrants in order to keep track of your brushing.
Set the bristles at the gum line at a 45-degree angle:
Do not brush across your teeth. Brush in a short vertical or circular motion.
Use a small amount of toothpaste:
Only put a pea-sized amount of paste onto your brush. This keeps you from spitting and finishing too early as a result of “over-sudsing”. It also reduces the chances of swallowing too much fluoride.
Use dental floss:
Flossing your teeth is just as important as brushing them. Flossing removes plaque, bacteria, and food particles between your teeth that your toothbrush cannot reach. Always floss before brushing in order to make sure no bacteria or particles remain in your mouth after flossing.
Use fluoride toothpaste:
Fluoride removes plaque but also strengthens tooth enamel. Do not swallow fluoride toothpaste as serious health implications may result. Children under 3 should not use fluoride toothpaste. Various toothpastes can be found to fight certain oral problems. Consult your SE Calgary dentist to find out what is right for you.
Replace your toothbrushes regularly:
You should be replacing your toothbrush every 3 or 4 months or whenever the bristles begin to splay out. Toothbrushes lose their flexibility and effectiveness when the bristles wear too much. Always rinse your brush after use and leave it uncovered to dry.
Use the right toothbrush:
Choose a toothbrush with soft nylon bristles. Hard bristles effectively remove the plaque and tartar buildup and food particles but may irritate your gums and erode tooth enamel. The toothbrush should fit comfortably in your hand but more importantly, in your mouth. If you cannot reach the back of your mouth easily, it’s time for a smaller toothbrush. Electric toothbrushes can be helpful if you are a lazy brusher and believe that it may encourage you to brush for longer.
Gently brush your tongue:
Your tongue harbours harmful bacteria. Without pressing too hard, gently brush your tongue with the bristles of your brush.
Rinse your mouth:
This step ensures that you don’t ingest any residual toothpaste and also flushes any bacteria, particles, and plaque still remaining.
Rinse your toothbrush:
Rinse your brush and leave uncovered to dry.
Take a small sip and swish around in your mouth for 30 seconds before spitting all of it out.
Rinse with salt water:
If you are really feeling like getting a great clean, rinse with salt water in order to kill any bacteria still residing in your mouth.
Twice a day:
Remember to repeat this process at least twice a day.