How to brush your teeth — properly
Brushing your teeth everyday is essential for maintaining good oral hygiene and health. The toothbrush, toothpaste, and brushing technique you use all play a role in the quality of each brushing session.
HERE ARE OUR TOP 5 TIPS ON HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR DAILY BRUSHING ROUTINE:
These pointers will help you get the most out of your daily brushing routine.
1: BRUSH FOR at least 2 MINUTES.
A proper brushing should last for 2 minutes, or 120 seconds. Unfortunately, most of us are not aware of that! But it’s never too late to start. To help you get the timing just right, you can…
- Use a stopwatch
- Set an alarm to go off in 2 minutes
- Use an egg timer
- Keep an eye on the clock
- Play a song that’s around 2 minutes in length and brush to the music!
Remember, gently use short strokes. Be mindful of brushing along your gumline, molar teeth, fillings, or crowns.
2: TILT YOUR TOOTHBRUSH TO BRUSH YOUR GUMS.
Use the toothbrush in a way that gives you the most advantage! Tilt your toothbrush on an angle of about 45 degrees. Not only will this technique help you brush more of the inner and the outer surfaces of your teeth efficiently, it will help to brush your gums as well. Sweep the toothbrush upwards and away from the gum line on an angle in a rolling motion.
3: DON’T FORGET TO BRUSH YOUR TONGUE!
Your tongue needs some attention, too! Be sure to gently brush your tongue. This helps to remove excess bacteria and give you even fresher breath!
4: YOUR TOOLS ARE IMPORTANT… REPLACE YOUR TOOTHBRUSH!
Your toothbrush won’t last forever, it will eventually show wear just like any other tool you use. Replace your toothbrush about every 3 months. Also, it’s time for a new one after you’ve had a cold. Toothbrushes hold germs in their bristles. Avoid spreading them by tossing out the old and bringing in the new.
5: CHOOSE A TOOTHPASTE THAT MEETS YOUR SPECIFIC NEEDS.
Fortunately, there are several types of toothpastes for us to choose from. Pick one that suits your teeth- are they sensitive? Use a toothpaste for sensitive teeth! Gingivitis? There are toothpastes to help with that too. Whether your teeth are stained, have tartar, or have had cavities- there is a toothpaste out there for them. Take your pick!
Lastly, make sure you visit your dentist for regular check-ups to make sure that your oral hygiene routines are optimal.