We’ve been doing it for as long as we can remember, but do you really feel confident that you’re brushing your teeth the right way?
Teeth Brushing has come a long way since the days of the Ancient Egyptians using twigs and leaves to clean their teeth.
Through the development of manual toothbrushes to the modern day electric toothbrush, there are now a whole host of options to help you ensure you brush your teeth the right way.
Just take a look at some of the great toothbrushes now available on the market.
Do You Know How To Brush Your Teeth?
Even if you brush your teeth routinely twice a day, you could still be ineffective due to your method of brushing. There are some quick and simple changes you can make in order to improve your brushing and ensure that you brush your teeth the right way.
1. Brush At The Right Time
Did you know that immediately after eating a meal the PH levels in your mouth are much higher than normal?
This means you should not brush your teeth too soon after a meal in order to avoid abrasion.
Dentists generally recommend that you wait 30 minutes before brushing after food.
2. Floss Before Brushing
This is recommended by dentists around the world as flossing helps to remove bits of food that can become stuck between the teeth.
Due to the positioning, it can be hard to reach these areas with a toothbrush therefore flossing first will set you up for success.
3. Mix Up Where You Start Brushing Your Teeth
By always starting in the same part of your mouth, you end up concentrating more on this area with less emphasis on the areas you brush latterly. Try to switch up where you start brushing from each time.
Did you know that your molars and the insides of your teeth require the most attention as these are where your tongue touches most often?
If you want to learn more about the different areas of your mouth and the different types of teeth, take a look here.
4. Brush Your Teeth at The Correct 45 Degree Angle
So many people brush their teeth at the wrong angle with the most common mistake being those brushing perpendicular to the tooth.
This does not gain the maximum coverage of the tooth and can make brushing ineffective.
Instead, you need to position the toothbrush on the tooth at a 45 degree angle carefully before you begin to make any motions.
Take the time to do this before you begin and you’ll notice improved oral hygiene.
5. Tooth Brushing Motion and Pressure
Many people brush their teeth far too hard applying too much pressure on a daily basis. It’s essential that if you are using a manual toothbrush you monitor your pressure, and if you’re using an electric toothbrush you pay attention to any warning lights when pressure becomes too much.
Your motion should be a rotating motion rather than long strokes. Imagine you’re making lots of tiny circles on the surface of each individual tooth rather than simply sweeping across them.
6. Time Yourself When Brushing Your Teeth
Timing is crucial when brushing your teeth. It’s generally recommended that you brush for between 2 minutes and 2 and a half minutes each time you brush.
Some electric toothbrushes have a built in timer – so make sure you don’t stop before this sounds.
Otherwise, if you’re using a manual toothbrush, why not get an egg timer in your bathroom, set your phone timer or make things fun and find a song that’s 2 minutes and 30 seconds long to listen to as you brush?
Brushing Your Teeth The Right Way: Keep Things Clean
Even the cleanest of bathrooms can be pretty gross places as far as germs are concerned. You’ve got all sorts lurking about; from a flushing toilet close to a sink, to surfaces that may have stagnant water just ripe for bacteria to grow.
You want to make sure that your toothbrush is kept clean so that when you come to brushing your teeth, you’re not introducing even more bacteria into your mouth.
Here are some tips to keeping your toothbrush clean:
- Always rinse it off with water after use
- Store it standing up – either on its base or in a cup so that it doesn’t lie flat on the sink
- Make sure your toothbrush can dry after each use
- Keep it on a high shelf away from the toilet
- Avoid sharing your toothbrush with anyone else
What Are The Dangers of Not Brushing Your Teeth Right?
There are so many benefits to brushing your teeth the right way. Good dental hygiene is really important and helps to contribute to your overall health.
It also stops the development of larger problems such as cavities, which can be expensive and painful to resolve.
Some of the issues you may encounter from not brushing your teeth right include:
- Stripping the enamel from your teeth
- Harming your gums
- Developing gum disease
- Build up of plaque in the mouth
- Tooth Decay
- Sensitivity and Pain
Still not convinced?
This video shows you how easy it is:
With a solution so simple, don’t run the risk of not brushing your teeth in the right way and you’ll be giving yourself peace of mind for years to come.
If you want help with ensuring you’re brushing your teeth in the right way, always feel free to ask your dentist for assistance and support. It’s a great habit to get into and one that will set you up for a healthy, happy smile.