How are you brushing your teeth?
How did you brush your teeth this morning? Do you just move the brush in an up and down motion? Back and forth motion? Small circles over each tooth? Brushing your teeth properly has a large impact on what gets accomplished; it removes plaque, food debris, debris and more. However, improper techniques can lead to damage and destruction of your gums and teeth instead of protection.
Improper brushing can lead to:
- Abrasion or recession of the gums
- Wearing away of tooth structure
- Tooth decay
- Sensitive teeth
- Bad breath
A few small tips to maximize efficiency
- A soft toothbrush
- A fluoride containing toothpaste
- Proper brushing techniques
Soft toothbrushes with a smaller head are often recommended. They have a greater ability to adapt to the shape of the teeth and gently brush under the gum line to remove plaque.
Apply a pea sized amount of fluoride containing toothpaste to the toothbrush.
Fluoride helps the teeth by hardening the outer enamel layer thereby giving strength to the teeth and fighting cavities.
Place your brush on your teeth at a 45 degree angle to your gum line. While applying gentle pressure move your toothbrush in small circles from gum line to the bottom of the teeth. It is helpful to have a sequence – start from the top back left or right and follow the teeth to the other side, then do the back of the teeth, repeating this process with the bottom teeth as well. Lastly, don’t forget to floss. Flossing is essential for getting debris from in-between teeth and gums.
Hints about your toothbrush
- If your bristles are bent – it probably means you are applying too much pressure
- If the indicator on the bristles shows sign of replacement – its probably time to replace it
- Toothbrushes should be replaced every 3-4 months
- If you find you have a difficult time with a manual toothbrush, try an electronic toothbrush. They tend to make it easier to brush and make it...