From a young age, people are taught to brush their teeth and floss every day. To ensure our teeth do not develop plaque and eventually rot, we brush for 2-minutes to remove all the unwanted bacteria from our teeth. Many people do not think about how they are brushing and whether it is effective or not. It is important to know how to properly brush your teeth in order to keep a bright healthy smile. Here are some of the steps you can take to brush your teeth in the most effective way.
Steps to Properly Brush Your Teeth
Brushing your teeth should not be rushed. There are a number of techniques that experts suggest using to ensure a thorough cleaning. There are also some things to keep in mind when brushing your teeth. It is important to use a soft-bristled toothbrush that is the right size to reach all parts of your mouth. Over time, your toothbrush will begin to fray. Replacing your toothbrush every three to four months will make sure your toothbrush continuously gives you good results. Using a fluoride toothpaste will help strengthen your teeth. This will reduce the future need for teeth restoration.
When brushing your teeth, you want to make sure you reach every part. Flossing before brushing gets rid of any plaque and bacteria between the teeth. Once you have completed flossing, brushing will remove any plaque or build-up from the surface of your teeth. Dentists have developed a checklist for how to properly brush your teeth. The techniques they suggest using include:
- Brushing with a toothbrush at a 45-degree angle
- Making gentle back and forth motions with the brush. They should not be much bigger than the size of the tooth.
- Get every part of the teeth. This means brushing the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of the teeth.
- Brush the tongue with either the bristles or the tongue cleaner on the toothbrush. This will remove any bacteria off of your tongue and reduce bad breath significantly.
If you have a dental implant, it should be taken care of just as you would a natural tooth. If you have a dental crown, the tooth underneath can still be susceptible to decay if the area around it is not cleaned properly.
Following these techniques and using well-maintained toothbrushes can ensure a clean and healthy smile. It will prevent tooth decay and cavities.
Common Toothbrushing Mistakes
Most people do not think about all of the proper steps to brushing their teeth on a daily basis. Dentists say you should brush for a full two minutes to get the best clean. A lot of people, unfortunately, do not time themselves when brushing their teeth. Electronic toothbrushes have built-in timers to ensure users brush for two minutes. Another common mistake is that people are too aggressive when brushing. Scrubbing your teeth too hard can lead to worn down enamel which leaves your teeth vulnerable to outside elements.
People often forget the importance of cleaning their gums. Bacteria often will settle where the gums and teeth meet. Cleaning that can reduce your risk of gum disease and tooth decay. In addition to gums, the tongue and the inside of the teeth also seems to be regularly forgotten. When you eat or drink your whole mouth is exposed to the food. When brushing, everything needs to be cleaned. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Reach Out to Nashville Dental Implant Center
Taking care of your teeth is as important as showering every day. Your oral health impacts your physical health and requires consistent attention. Nashville Dental Implant Center offers a number of services to help keep up with your oral health including:
If you have any questions about how to properly brush your teeth or about the services we provide. Call 615.436.5987 today to speak to a dental professional.