We are taught at a young age the importance of brushing our teeth, but how do we know we are brushing correctly? Here are some techniques and steps to follow to make sure you make the best out of your teeth brushing experience.
Step 1. The Brush.
Make sure to choose a toothbrush with soft nylon bristles. Medium or hard bristles can cause damage to your gums which can lead to more problems later on. If you have the option, dentists recommend electric toothbrushes because they often provide a more thorough cleaning.
Step 2. The Paste
If you aren’t using a toothpaste with fluoride yet, you might want to pick some up. Fluoride helps protect against cavities and prevents tooth decay. Wet your toothbrush with water and squeeze a pea sized amount of toothpaste onto your toothbrush, you don’t need a lot!
Step 3. It’s All About the Angles
Start in the back and place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and begin to sweep away from the gum line or in a circular motion. Anything that pulls plaque and food particles away from your gums is best. Make sure not to press too hard, or you could cause damage.
Step 4. Don’t Forget the Back
Brushing your teeth isn’t just about the places you can see. Make sure to brush behind and the top surfaces of your teeth as well, that is where most plaque builds up. After brushing all of your teeth’s surfaces, rinse your mouth and brush to rinse away bacteria.
Step 5. Don’t Stop There
Proper brushing takes at least 2-3 minutes so set a timer! But don’t forget there are other parts of our mouths that need to be cleaned. Your tongue, the insides of your cheeks, and the roof of your mouth can hold on to bacteria and food particles that can make your breath smell, so make sure to get those too.
Step 6. These Matter Too
After brushing, make sure to rinse your mouth. Using an antibacterial rinse is best but a simple water rinse will work too. To keep your teeth healthy, brush twice a day and switch out your old toothbrush for a new one every 3-4 months. Not only are old toothbrushes less effective, but they can harbor bacteria.
Follow these steps to keep your smile shining! Oh and don’t forget to floss. Schedule your routine cleaning with Drs Orzechowski & Arndt today!