Brushing your teeth two or more times per day helps keep them clean, but it might not be enough to keep them healthy. If you’re not brushing properly, then plaque can still build up on your teeth and increase the risk of decay and cavities. Use these teeth brushing tips to improve your daily routine, so you can enjoy having teeth that are as clean and healthy as possible.
Use the Right Toothbrush and Toothpaste
Avoid using a toothbrush with hard bristles, at all costs. Brushing your teeth hard, with a hard-bristled brush is a recipe for disaster! This can wear away your tooth enamel and, ironically, leave your teeth more vulnerable to decay. It can also cause your gums to recede, resulting in tooth sensitivity. Choose a toothbrush that has softer bristles. When it comes to choosing toothpaste, pick one that provides you with the care you need, such as plaque control or a higher amount of fluoride to reduce the risk of cavities.
Watch Your Brushing Strokes
When you brush your teeth, you should make sure that you’re moving the brush around the right way. Brushing strokes should be short, soft ones rather than long, harsh strokes. You shouldn’t be scrubbing your teeth to get them clean. Brushing harder doesn’t mean you are brushing better. Doing so could end up increasing your risk of damaging your tooth enamel.
Hold Your Toothbrush Right
You should hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle while brushing. This helps ensure that your toothbrush is able to get to all of the surfaces of your teeth, including the outer surface, inner part and the chewing surface. Make sure that you brush along your gum line as well, and give your tongue a brushing while you’re at it. Cleaning along the gum line helps lower the risk of gum inflammation or gum disease. Brushing your tongue gets rid of bacteria and freshens your breath.
Time Your Brushing
Giving your teeth a quick brush for a minute or less means that you’re not fully cleaning them, which puts you at risk of developing tooth decay. You should be brushing your teeth for a full 2 minutes each time. If you have trouble brushing for this length of time, set a timer and play music to make it go faster.
Be Comfortable While Brushing
If you have trouble moving around or if you’re helping an older adult with mobility issues brush, keep in mind that you don’t have to be at the bathroom sink. Make sure that you’re in a comfortable position while brushing, even if this means sitting down. You can rinse your teeth after you’re done cleaning them. Remember that the brushing part is the most important part of having healthy teeth. It doesn’t matter where you are or whether you’re sitting or standing when you do it.
If you need more tips on how to properly brush your teeth and keep your smile healthy, please contact us at Brewery District Dental to schedule an appointment.