Proper Tooth Brushing Techniques
We don’t need to tell you about the benefits of brushing your teeth. You learned from an early age that brushing your teeth is the single most important thing you can do for your preventative dental health on a daily basis. While some dental care will always require a visit to the office to see a professional, you can go a long way toward protecting the health of your mouth simply be brushing regularly.
But how do you go about brushing properly? Unfortunately, many people brush the wrong way – and they don’t get the maximum benefit as a result. If you are currently just loading your toothbrush up with toothpaste and hoping for the best, you could probably be doing a little better. The tips below should help you master the proper brushing techniques that can lead to long-lasting dental health and a great smile.
Brush Twice Per Day
Okay – so technically, this isn’t a brushing technique tip. However, it leads off our list because it is so important. One of the best things you can do for your teeth is simply to brush them twice per day. Most people choose to brush once in the morning and once at night, but you can adjust that schedule slightly to fit your own personal needs. Also, it is best to choose a soft-bristled brush for best results.
Speaking of your toothbrush, don’t make the mistake of keeping your brush too long. When a toothbrush starts to wear out, the bristles are no longer strong enough to do the work of cleaning your teeth. As a good rule of thumb, consider replacing your toothbrush every three months, or as needed based on wear and tear. Of course, a toothbrush is only a minor cost, so keeping up with this schedule is an affordable change you can make for the betterment of your dental health.
Complete Teeth Coverage
It is easy to ‘space out’ when brushing your teeth. You might be thinking about things that happened earlier that day, or things that are going to happen in the day ahead. However, it would be best if you could convince yourself to focus on the task at hand to make sure you do a good job.
To brush your teeth properly, make sure you are addressing all surfaces. You will want to brush the outer portion of each tooth, the inner portion, and the chewing surface. The toothbrush should be roughly positioned at a 45-degree angle to your gums, and you will want to brush back and forth with short strokes. You don’t want to apply so much pressure that you are putting stress on the toothbrush, but you do need to press hard enough to actually clean the surface of the teeth effectively.
Just as it is easy to not pay much attention when brushing your teeth, it is also easy to cut your brushing sessions too short. You might think you are done after 30 or 45-seconds, but you won’t have had enough time yet to do a thorough job. To make sure you stick it out until your entire mouth is clean, consider setting a timer for two minutes before starting. Your phone almost certainly has a timer function, so set it for two minutes and get to work. Once you get into this habit, you will likely realize that you have not been spending enough time brushing previously.
Using an Electric Toothbrush
There are plenty of good things to say about electric toothbrushes. They don’t replace a trip to the dentist of course, but they are often able to do a better job of cleaning than an old-fashioned standard toothbrush. With that said, these products still don’t clean your teeth all on their own.
The tips that have been provided so far with regard to brushing technique and duration still apply. You will need to pay attention to what you are doing just as you need to pay attention when brushing the traditional way. Also, you will still need to change out the brush heads periodically to make sure you are using fresh bristles.
Take Other Dental Care Precautions
Brushing your teeth might be the most important thing you can do for your teeth at home, but it is not the only step that can be taken toward oral health. For instance, you should also consider flossing regularly. Flossing will allow you to pull bacteria out from between your teeth – a task which regular brushing is just not going to be able to accomplish. Even if you don’t get into a daily habit of flossing, at least consider using floss after a big meal to make sure food particles don’t linger any longer than necessary.
Your diet is another key element in the oral health equation. Eating a healthy diet is good for your body weight and overall health, and it is good for your teeth as well. Avoiding excessively sugary foods and drinks will serve you well. There is no magic formula or any surprising secrets here – eat a balanced diet including plenty of fruits and vegetables, control your portions, and avoid unnecessary snacking. If you stick with a balanced diet moving forward, every part of your health should benefit.
See Your Local Dentist
There are just some things that you aren’t going to be able to do at home. In addition to brushing your teeth twice per day, you should also be seeing your dentist near you on a periodic basis for cleanings and examinations. Dental health is a lifelong battle, and you want to have a qualified professional on your side at all times.
If you have any questions about how frequently you should be seeing your dentist, please give us a call for help. Also, we can answer any brushing questions you may still have. We are here to help with your dental health, so feel free to turn to us with any and all questions or concerns. Thank you for visiting and here’s to a great smile!