Brushing your teeth seems easy enough, but some toothbrushes are better than others and there is a right and wrong way to brush your teeth.
Brushing your teeth on a regular basis is at the heart of maintaining healthy teeth and gums. As well as preventing periodontal (gum) disease. It’s also important to make sure you choose the right toothbrush for your teeth and use proper brushing techniques. Done correctly, brushing your teeth at least twice a day- in the morning and in the evening before going to bed, for at least 3 minutes- can help ensure long term dental health.
How to Choose a Toothbrush
Although some ancient civilizations used frayed twigs to clean their teeth, these days toothbrushes come in a variety of manual and powered forms. The first step to taking good care of your mouth is to choose a toothbrush that is right for you.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when shopping for a new toothbrush:
– Pick a brush that has the ADA seal on the box to be sure the bristles are not too hard.
– Find one that fits comfortably in your hand and mouth. If the brush is comfortable to use, you’ll be more likely to use it more often and effectively.
– If choosing a powered one, pick one that is easy to use. Do your research on it before investing the money to ensure that it’s the right one for the job.
Once you’ve found an appropriate toothbrush for you, you need to brush your teeth the correct way in order to maintain good oral health and keep periodontal disease at bay.
The following tips can help you to get the most out of your daily brushing routine:
– Brush your teeth at least twice a day. If possible, after every meal.
– Focus on cleaning every tooth surface. front, back, underneath, and sides.
– When brushing along the gum line, angle your toothbrush and follow up by flossing.
– Take your time-at least 3 minutes.
– Brush your tongue to scrape off bacteria that can cause bad breath.
– Don’t brush too roughly to be sure not to damage your gums.
– Rinse your toothbrush thoroughly after every use.
– Replace your toothbrush! If you use an electric brush replace the head. This should be repeated every 3-4 months.
A toothbrush alone can’t do everything to maintain your oral health. Simply because a toothbrush can’t get between your teeth like floss can. Remember to floss each day, and see your hygienist and dentist for regular checkups.