Brushing our teeth can seem like a pretty mindless task, right? It is something we have all done since we can remember. There is actually a proper technique to go about brushing your teeth. Next time you’re half asleep and aimlessly brushing your teeth, remember these techniques for the best brush possible.
When to Brush
Brushing twice a day is no secret, for most of us, morning and night is brushing time. Some people like to sprinkle a quick lunch brush in too and that’s even better. Did you know though, that brushing your teeth should take at least two minutes? Many of us fall short of that two-minute mark, but for a true tooth clean, you must brush for two minutes. Remember the 2×2 rule, twice a day for two minutes.
How to Brush
The correct brushing technique is to hold the brush at a 45-degree angle to your gums when brushing the outside surfaces and brush gently with strokes pushing away from the gum line. These strokes can form almost a rolling, circular motion, but remember, gentle. When brushing the inside and chewing surfaces of your teeth, the strokes should be short, gentle back and forth. After you have spent about two minutes on your teeth, don’t forget to brush your tongue. To do this properly, gently place your brush on the back of your tongue and push it forward. The bacteria on the tongue is the number one cause of bad breath so this step is important for combatting bad breath! Flossing should also be done twice daily; food particles can get stuck in your teeth and can prove too tough for a toothbrush. Flossing is important to get rid of these food particles which can cause tooth decay and a number of other dental issues.
You should replace your toothbrush when you notice the bristles have started to wear, usually around 3 months of use. Remember to be gentle on your teeth when brushing, if you brush too hard you can chip away at your enamel. Next time you’re brushing, remember the proper techniques, and take care of those pearly whites! For any brushing related questions, contact Lindner Dental today!