You might not know this, but there are right and wrong ways to go about the simplest piece of dental care. Are you brushing your teeth correctly?
Let’s start at the very beginning and go through the steps! You could be surprised at what you learn…
The first thing you need to consider is choosing the right toothbrush! You should always go for a soft toothbrush. The soft bristles are gentle, but still get the job done. Using medium or hard bristles, or simply brushing too hard, can damage the enamel of your teeth and cause your gums to recede.
We also recommend that you choose a toothbrush with a small head, which makes it easier to reach the nooks and crannies at the back of your mouth.
You should get your flossing done before you get going with the brushing itself. Want to learn the ins and outs of flossing? Read our blog post on how to floss!
Now, let’s get brushing! Grab your toothpaste; one with flouride would be best. You don’t need more than a pea-sized amount!
Hold your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle towards your gum line and brush in a gentle circular motion. Do this for both the back and front of the teeth, upper and lower. Brush the chewing surfaces with a light back-and-forth motion.
Make sure you brush for 2-3 minutes, and spit out the toothpaste. You don’t have to rinse your mouth with water because leaving flouride toothpaste on your teeth can provide some extra protection throughout the day. Once you’re finished, you should clean your tongue too because it can be the source of bad breath!
Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months or when the bristles get visibly worn and frayed, whichever comes first. You may want to consider upgrading to an electric toothbrush too. Modern variants have pressure sensors and two minute timers, and their small brush heads help you brush better.
That’s it, you’re all set. Repeat the same steps twice a day, and your teeth will stay bright and beautiful for many years!
Book an appointment today to discuss your oral hygiene with one of our professional dentists.