Most of us know that it is recommended that we brush our teeth at least twice per day, but how many of us know proper brushing technique? Brushing properly can make a huge difference when it comes to the health of both our teeth and our gums. Let’s go over the best technique for proper brushing so you can make the most of your at-home oral care.
Brush for at Least Two Full Minutes
Very few adults come even close to brushing for a full 120 seconds. If you aren’t sure whether you do or not, get a stopwatch out and time yourself. Chances are, you have been selling yourself short when it comes to brushing for the correct amount of time.
Brush With the Proper Strokes
When brushing your teeth, you want to make sure you are using a gentle touch; brushing too hard is tough on your gums as well as your teeth. Make sure you pay close attention to your gum line, as well as the hard-to-reach molars in the back of your mouth. Use short strokes to thoroughly clean each section of your mouth, including the fronts and backs of teeth. Place your brush at a 45-degree angle, sweeping the front, back, and top of each tooth surface with back-and-forth strokes. Be gentle and use a soft bristle toothbrush.
To fight bad breath, be sure to brush the surface of your tongue as well.
Brush With a Good Toothbrush
Most dentists recommend using a soft bristle brush with a small head. A smaller head makes it easier to reach all the areas of your mouth, including the molars in the back. An electric-powered brush is also an excellent option. Some of these even have timers that will let you know if you are brushing for the full two minutes. For those who have dexterity issues, these types of brushes are also very helpful.
Be sure to replace your toothbrush every two or three months. A toothbrush with worn bristles is not as effective in removing plaque and bacteria.
Brush With the Toothpaste That Is Right for You
There are numerous options available today, including pastes that whiten, prevent cavities, protect against gingivitis, and so on. Use whatever toothpaste you like and that will get your to brush your teeth regularly.
For more information on proper brushing technique, call your Lockport dentist Dr. Igor Kaplansky and make an appointment today!