Tooth Brushing Basics

Tooth Brushing Basics

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Brushing and flossing are something we all learn from a young age. The proper way to brush your teeth takes less than 2 minutes, although many people tend to spend much less, and a few much longer.

Most adults spend less than a minute, which isn’t enough time to give your teeth a thorough clean. So if you’re currently brushing with a regular toothbrush you may want to watch the clock or invest in an electronic toothbrush that has a timer.

The Basics of Teeth Brushing

When you brush your teeth, you avoid using pressure and instead use a gentle circular motion (“wax on, wax off”!). Focus on hard to reach places at the back of your mouth (without gagging) and make sure that you’re gentle nearest and on the gums. Do all the eating surfaces and on the inner front teeth; uppers and lowers.

Along with using the proper brushing technique, you may want to consider a few other things like the type of toothbrush you use, the toothpaste that’s right for you and flossing.

There are a wide variety of toothpastes on sale in your supermarket or pharmacy, each designed to help you with a variety of different conditions. Your dentist will be able to recommend one that is best for you, or if you don’t have a particular problem you may want to use one of the latest hybrid toothpastes which help with a number of common conditions such as tartar build up, gingivitis and staining.

To get the most out of brushing, you’ll want to have a great toothbrush. There are hundreds of different types and models to choose from, which can make it extremely difficult to choose just one.

Someone with arthritis in their hands may prefer an electric toothbrush with a large handle that is easy to hold and maneuver, busy traveler may prefer the convenience of a traditional soft bristle brush that’s easy to take anywhere, whatever suits lifestyle be sure to choose a toothbrush that’s easy for you.

The less like a chore it is to brush your teeth the more likely you’ll do it when you’re supposed to.

At the first signs of wear – the bristle color fades, bristles fall out or the bristles become bent over or no longer straight, consider replacing your toothbrush or just the brush head. Once the bristles of your toothbrush begin to misshape or wear down, then can cause gum damage which is both uncomfortable and unnecessary.

Also replace your toothbrush after illness to prevent reinfection and getting sick all over again.

Common sense and the advice of your dentist is all you really need to get the most out of your tooth brushing. And if it’s been a while since your last visit to the dentist, think about asking your dentist for a tooth brushing refresher just to remind you of how to brush your teeth the right way.

It’s easy to overlook the importance of brushing your teeth everyday because it prevents the bad things from happening like tooth decay and needing fillings, extractions and oral surgery and until you’re feeling the pain of toothache it doesn’t seem important. However as any dental hygienist will tell you, good oral health, having beautiful teeth and healthy gums is all about the things that don’t happen to your teeth. So take care of your teeth and brush them regularly and you will keep your mouth free of infections and cavities.

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