You probably brush your teeth twice a day, but are you brushing properly? Here, we’ll provide a guide to brushing your teeth the correct way.
Before we dive into the correct technique of brushing your teeth, let’s talk about your toothbrush. It’s vital that you have the right toothbrush to clean your teeth the right way. Soft bristled toothbrushes are generally recommended, especially if you tend to use a lot of force when you brush your teeth and need to remove plaque buildup on your teeth. You should also look for a toothbrush whose head will fit well in your mouth, allowing you to get those hard-to-reach places. You should also be replacing your toothbrush every three to four months or sooner if you see signs of fraying or if you have a cold so you’re not recycling those germs in your mouth. Finally, be sure you’re using the right kind of toothpaste, meaning a toothpaste that contains fluoride and has the ADA seal of approval. If you have more specific needs such as whitening or tooth sensitivity, ask your dentist what kind of toothpaste you should be using.
Now that you have the right tools, let’s discuss the correct way to brush your teeth. First, place the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to the gums. Next, move the brush back and forth in gentle, short strokes. Then, use this technique to brush the inside, outside, and chewing surfaces of every single tooth. The inside surface of the front teeth can be a little tricky so to brush it thoroughly you’ll need to tilt the brush vertically and make a few up and down strokes. Finally, brush your tongue to get rid of any bacteria hiding there and to ensure that your breath stays fresh.
The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth for two minutes every time you brush. This may seem like a long time, but in the grand scheme of things it’s a very short amount of time that can help prevent serious dental issues in the future. And while you are brushing for those two minutes, be sure to brush all around your teeth and mouth, not missing any spots and getting the hard to reach places at the back of your mouth.
If you have any other questions about brushing your teeth the correct way, give us a call to schedule an appointment!