Knowing how to brush your teeth correctly is an important way to protect your dental health. We can all be guilty of being a bit lazy or letting good habits slide, so it’s worth refreshing yourself on best practice for caring for you teeth.
1. Mix it Up
Most people brush their teeth in exactly the same way, starting and finishing in the same spots. A bit of awareness of your habits can lead to a better cleaning routine. Remember- the whole point of brushing your teeth is to make sure all your teeth get a through cleaning. Starting in a different part of your mouth or even brushing with your least-dominant hand can give you fresh perspective and a fresher smile.
2. Choose the Right Toothpaste
We’ve already written A Guide to Choosing the Right Toothpaste, and we can’t recommend knowing which toothpaste is the best for your teeth enough. Choosing the right toothpaste can prevent unnecessary damage and increased sensitivity that can sometimes happen in the pursuit of whiter teeth.
3. Go Through the Correct Motions
Vigorous side-to-side brushing can damage your teeth and gums. Research has shown that the optimum was to hold your toothbrush is at a 45 degree angle with your gums, and brush in short strokes that move up and down. This style of brushing should be applied to all tooth surfaces. Don’t forget to give your tongue a quick once over, too!
4. Go for Quality over Quantity
You should brush your teeth no more than twice a day. Brushing more than this can cause damage to gums, and wear down your teeth’s enamel. Brushing too vigorously or using a firm toothbrush can also risk passive damage. Be firm but gentle.
5. Time it Well
The recommended amount of time you should dedicate to brushing your teeth is 2 minutes. It may not seem like long, but setting a timer and seeing how long 2 minutes actually is may surprise you. If you find yourself falling short, then try and divide your mouth into sections and spend a certain amount of time on each.
6. Keep it Clean
Change your brush regularly. If you share with other people, then don’t let brushes touch each other. Most importantly if you store your toothbrush in the bathroom – cover your toilet when you flush. Particles from flushing can spread and settle on your toothbrush.